The Brain Behind the Center for Constitutional Transitions

Sujit Choudry is a prominent official on comparative constitutional law and the Founding Director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions. He incorporates a wide-range of analysis itineraries with extensive expertise as an advisor to constitution building processes in countries like Nepal, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Ukraine and Tunisia

Before coming to Berkeley, Sujit Choudhry was a Law professor at the New York University School of Law and held a Chair at the Faculty of Law in University of Toronto. In 2010, he was one of the few to be honored with Trudeau Fellowship. He was also a member of the Governing Toronto Advisory Panel, which put forward major improvements to the structure of municipal government in Toronto.   More of this on

Sujit Choudhry’s research involves a wide range of problems in comparative constitutional law, including constitutional design as an instrument to control the change from aggressive conflict to calm democratic politics, constitutional design in societies that lack unity among others.

In an interview with CEOCFO, Sujit Choudhry explains that The Center for Constitutional Transitions triggers and mobilizes proficiency in support of building structure by gathering and directing the universal networks of specialist to create policy options that are backed up with evidence for decision-makers collaborating with a global network of multilateral organizations. He adds that they have collaborated with over 50 experts from more than 25 countries.  For the full interview, click on

Sujit choudhry has worked as a constitutional advisor to upcoming elective governments across the world while coming up with new constitutions and making changes in existing ones. Sujit says there is an exceptional body of knowledge on the questions that surface during fundamental changes; however issues are inevitable for which knowledge is old, unfinished or simply non-existent. The absence of ample, updated research hinders the potency of constitutional advice. The Center for Constitutional Transitions is made to bridge that gap.  For more of Sujit, visit him on

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He concludes by saying that The Center for Constitutional transitions are finalizing three large thematic, joint research projects in alliance with the global Institute for Democracy and Elective Assistance:- “Regional Cleavages in structure changes”, “Security Sector improvements’’ ‘’structure change in Emerging Democracies”, and “Security Sector lapses- Guarding Democratic union from Autocratic relapsing and Adherent Abuse”. He adds that they plan on launching their knowledge products in autumn.  See


An Overview of Comparative Law and Its Top Contributors

The legal field is as wide as any field can be and there are new subfields that seem to crop up almost every day. In addition, almost every country has its own unique laws which may not necessarily be identical, or even similar, to the laws of other countries. Naturally, this implies that there must be a system that can be used for comparing different laws drawn from different regions to find out how they relate to each other. That explains the existence of comparative law.

Simply put, comparative law can be defined as the study of the interactions and relationships between laws in a system or separate legal systems with a view of determining their similarities and differences.

Among the most notable personalities that have been at the forefront in the field of comparative law is Sujit Choudhry, the man behind the Center for Constitutional Transitions, follow Sujit on his page.  Based on, he is recognized as an international authority in matters of comparative constitutional law and has published several books in the subject in addition to actual field experience in helping countries such as Egypt, South Africa, Libya, Jordan, Ukraine and Sri Lanka with their constitutional reform processes.

At present, Sujit Choudhry serves as the I. Michael Heyman Professor of Law at Berkley’s campus of the University of California. He has also served as the Dean of the university’s School of Law and was previously the Scholl Chair at University of Toronto and Law Professor at New York University. There is no doubt about the significance of Prof. Sujit Choudhry’s contribution to the development of comparative law and he has spoken in over two dozen countries worldwide on related subjects.  To read his writings and more, visit his page.  Comparative constitutional law is a subset of domestic constitutional law that deals with the relationships that exist between the constitutions of different countries and not just their existing legal systems. There are numerous factors that have contributed to the growth of comparative constitutional law, with the expansion of international human rights laws being at the forefront, check this here.   Most countries are faced by the need to adapt and change their constitutions in order to ensure that they conform to international laws and this has been a motivating factor for the overall growth of the field.  Read an interview of Sujit in this article on

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