During his interview, Sujit Choudhry discussed some important aspects related to The Center for Constitutional Transitions, an organization the he organized and initiated.
As per Sujit Choudhry, he established The Center for Constitutional Transitions because it was vital to provide an entity that would assist governments around the globe to build their constitution. And as he went on with his work he found out that constitutional advices is insufficient, and to be able to address the situation he created The Center for Constitutional Transitions (constitutionaltransitions.org).
Sujit Choudhry also said that as an immigrant from India, and having studied law in three different countries gave him a unique viewpoint of legal and political circumstances. Ae knowledge he has accumulated was the fundamental basis for his professional success. And he commented that the United States of America must look at the real reason why democracy has not been fully integrated in all the countries all over the globe because there is a defect in the country’s democratic exceptionally that has always been taken for granted.
He went on to mention that people from all walks of life must learn to not only listen but to respond appropriately as well, and to put themselves in the shoes of others. It is crucial not to always presume to know the real thing, and to have a particular mindset on how things should be, because if some things do not happen according to one’s expectation then the disappointment will be great. The best thing to do is to use every occasion or situation that happens as a learning factor to be able to create a better result. Constant improvement on how to manage things must be done to accomplish the proper goal.
Sujit Choudhry enthused that he was never really aware of the good that came out of his personal and professional undertakings, although he realized that the biggest achievement he was able to do was to bring forth professionals and authorities altogether on a common ground. He said that it was a good way to set aside differences and be able to work collaboratively with each other creating a global network of alliances and expertise. Additional reading on patch.com.
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About the Center for Constitution Transitions
Sujit Choudhry is a law professor, a constitutional expert, and adviser who served as the founding director of Center for Constitution Transitions. The organization’s core business is producing and gathering the knowledge used in supporting and creating of constitutions. This is done by mobilizing international networks from professionals in the sector, to help come up with evidence-based systems alternatives for setting the agenda by the decision makers. Again, it is achieved by working in collaborations with multilateral companies who form a global network such as the NGOs and Think Tanks.
Choudhry founded the organization that seeks to fill in the gap that arises due to lack of knowledge or updated research on constitutions from all over the world. Sujit Choudhry, therefore, established the organization to act as an expert to work with upcoming democracies all over the world. His works involve amending existing constitutions and writing new ones as well. Moreover, Choudhry is an immigrant and has studied the law degree extensively from three countries’ which makes well versed in the legal career (http://sujitchoudhry.com/about/). Choudhry studied his law degrees from Harvard, Oxford, and Toronto universities which is what has seen him excel in the legal practicing.
As a legal practitioner who has worked globally, Choudhry believes that to be successful one must first view the constitutions of different countries from their perspective. He advises that you must first listen and to never assume that you know better. Also, Choudhry advices that to be successful you should never give up on goals but see failure as an opportunity to reinvent and design something new. Furthermore, the Center for Constitutional Transitions continues to research projects jointly with the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistant to add on the constitutional product knowledge (inspirery.com).
Sujit Choudhry has lead in numerous research projects where he is now co-leading in some which include the Security Transitions, Dealing with Territorial Cleavages in Constitutional Developments, and many more. He has further published more than 90 publications such as reports, articles, book chapters and working papers (medium.com). Choudhry is particularly knowledgeable in the constitutional law and politics which is his central area of practice. Additionally, as a renowned authority in the constitutional law, Choudhry has been on the forefront of helping many countries in their constitutions building.
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Sujit Choudhry is the founder of the Center For Constitutional Transitions. The Center For Constitutional Transitions is a network of experts on an international level that helps countries developing a constitution. Sujit Choudhry’s Center For Constitutional Transitions has had experts from 25 different countries. As a constitutional advisor helping create and mend constitutions, he ran into questions he didn’t have answers to. Sujit Choudhry created this network to fill the gap from the lack of updated research on the subject.
As an immigrant, Sujit Choudhry has managed to earn three different law degrees from three different countries. These aforementioned degrees are from Toronto, Harvard, and Oxford. His parents stressed to Sujit Choudhry how important higher education, they were both professors. Additionally, he has extensive experience with public policy which has given him a great deal of knowledge with political decision making.
The interpretation of the constitution has been actively growing interest in the United States and with Sujit Choudhry’s experience, he can offer a lot of insight into the subject (iconnectblog.com). As a scholar of comparative law, Sujit Choudhry believes the United States may be headed towards the biggest constitutional challenge since World War II. The citizens of the United States no longer have unwavering faith in their country’s exceptionalism. He doesn’t believe the situation in the US is unique, a lot can be learned from other countries that have experienced similar situations.
Sujit Choudhry is a professor at the University of California’s School of Law at Berkeley. Prior to this, he taught at the New York University School of Law as a Cecelia Goetz Professor of Law and the University of Toronto. The former Rhodes Scholar’s first professional position was for the Supreme Court of Canada as a law clerk to the Chief Justice of Canada, Rt. Hon. Antonio Lamer.
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A well-published author, Sujit Choudhry has had more than ninety book chapters, articles and other texts published. He is also a member of several political and law-related organizations including being on the Indian Constitutional Law Review as an honorary member.
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