Sujit Choudhry is the founding director of Center for Constitutional Transitions. In an interview by the CEOCFO Magazine, Sujit explains the idea behind the establishment of the foundation, its mission and operations. According to Sujit, the Center for Constitutional Transitions is involved in knowledge mobilization and generation with an aim of supporting the amendment of existing constitutions or writing new constitutions. The foundation produces evidence-based policy options contributed by leading international networks of experts. For the full interview, click on this.
The organization works with experts from different parts of the world in coordination with multilateral NGOs, think tanks, and organizations. In his role as a constitutional expert that has been involved in the constitution making process for many years, Sujit realized that most constitutional transitions face challenges of non-existing, outdated or incomplete knowledge. It was out of this realization that Sujit decided to establish the Center for Constitutional Transitions to fill the existing knowledge gap. According to Sujit, the effectiveness of constitutional advice is normally impeded by inadequate up-to-date research.
Sujit has been able to operate in different political and legal environment considering the fact that he studied for his law degrees in three different countries. In addition, Sujit immigrant background has also contributed to his success and expertise in constitutional law. The fact that each country has its unique stakeholders, histories and challenges made Sujit to accumulate valuable experience. Having acquired three law degrees from Harvard, Toronto and Oxford, Sujit had a perfect platform to launch his career as constitutional lawyer. Throughout the years, Sujit has been able to gather vast experience when it comes to political decision-making and development of public policy. Related article on bizjournals.com.
Sujit argues that the only way to streamline mainstream political and legal analysis is by considering comparative experience. His knowledge and experience in comparative constitutional law has enabled him to address most issues arising from liberal democratic constitutionalism. Comparative experience entails countries being interested in learning from the failures and successes of other countries. It is possible to get important information from the people on the ground by simply listening and being responsive to their ideas. Sujit Choudhry’s dream is to completely change the history of constitutionalism by creating global knowledge networks that comprises of leading legal scholars, practitioners and experts. Read his insight in this article on activistpost.com.
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