Sujit Choudhry, Director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions met with top constitutional experts in Kiev last summer on July 10th 2017 to discuss the constitutional challenges currently faced by the Ukrainian government (prnewswire.com).
“It was a privilege to meet with some of the top researchers and constitutional experts in the capital of Ukraine to discuss executive powers,” Choudhry said. “Ukraine’s democratization has been unstable for the past two decades due to several factors, such as the concentration of power in the presidency, weak political parties, the electoral system for the legislature, and the separation of powers within the dual executive between the Prime Minister and President (patch.com).
Choudhry was joined by Thomas Sidelius of Dalarna University, Sumit Bisarya of International IDEA and Sergyi Holovatyi, from the Constitutional Commission of Ukraine and the Venice Commission, among others.
Sujit Choudhry is an internationally recognized expert on comparative constitutional law and politics, and has served as an advisor to the constitution building process in many countries around the world including Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Nepal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Ukraine and Yemen (http://www.law.nyu.edu/news/choudhry_award). The Center for Constitutional Transitions, of which Professor Choudhry is the director, has partnered with over 50 experts from more than 25 countries as well as leaders from think tanks and NGOs to produce evidence-based policy options that support nations developing new constitutions.
Sujit released a book, “Constitution Making” in December 2016 outlining case studies of constitution making decisions made by struggling and transitional democracies in South Africa, the Arab Springs, and Spain.
“There has been a recent wave of constitution-making decisions made by transitional democracies,” Choudhry explained. “It is critical for today’s constitutional thought leaders to gather and discuss evidence-based policy options to support the constitutional reform process.” Check medium.com
Much of Choudhry’s research focuses on constitutional design that can help transition violent or ethnically divided societies into successful, peaceful democracy. He has published over 90 books, book chapters, working papers, articles, and reports and has lectured in over 25 countries.
Sujit Choudhry would go on to follow up on his work in Ukraine with IDEA in the summer of 2017, preparing a memorandum for them on issues related to federalism as a tool to resolve conflict and reconstitute states, in support of discussions relating to the Yemen conflict.