The Status of Democracy According to Sujit Choudhry’s Assessment

Sujit Choudhry has spent a majority of his life studying constitutional law and how it impacts democracy globally (blogs.law.nyu.edu). He is a graduate of Harvard Law School who has worked with several organizations across countries on matters related to constitutional reviews. As a constitutional expert, Sujit has worked in countries such as South Africa, Tunisia, Jordan, and Egypt.

Currently, Sujit Choudhry is the director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions, an organization that focuses on ensuring a smooth transition of power in different countries and promoting global democracy. As a constitutional expert and a professor of law, Sujit dedicates most of his time conducting research in areas related to constitutional democracy and the challenges that it faces (constitutionaltransitions.org).

For many years, many countries and organizations have been focusing their resources towards fighting authoritarian governments with the aim of promoting democracy systems of governance. Although much has been achieved, Sujit seems concerned with the recent developments where leaders are manipulating democratic institutions to meet their selfish interests. He analyzed a tweet by the immediate former US Attorney General who had suggested that if the president fired Bob Mueller, the public should be willing to go out and demonstrate peacefully in order to defend constitutionalism.

Sujit Choudhry claims that democracy is under attack from leaders who are using ‘constitutional’ means to undermine democratic systems of governance. He points out that contrary to traditional authoritarian leaders who would openly show defiance to constitutional values, the current crop of political leaders are manipulating constitutional processes for their selfish gains. Sujit argues that such acts promote democratic failure. Some of the instances where political leaders manipulate constitutional processes include the manipulation of electoral processes to ensure that a candidate wins an election, making constitutional changes to ensure that leaders appoint judges who will favor them, and using parliament to extend presidential term limits in favor of the incumbent.

Sujit Choudhry argues that politicians getting away with such acts could be a sign of a failing democracy. This failure is on the verge of affecting many countries globally, a trend that Sujit fears would go unopposed in most of them.

Keep up with Choudhry on https://twitter.com/sujit_choudhry

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