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Sujit Choudhry, the Comparative Constitutional Scholar behind the Global Network of Constitutional Experts

Sujit Choudhry is widely knowledgeable and experienced in comparative studies in constitutional, political negotiations and mediation. The Professor of Law, with three law degrees from Harvard, Toronto and Oxford is the founder and director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions (CCT).

Choudhry has worked in more than twenty-five countries in his twenty years involvement in constitutional transition around the world. He has been successful because he does it together with other experts in constitutional matters.

In a recent interview, Sujit Choudhry revealed that the idea to open CCT was borne out of the realization that there was a gap in constitutional research and knowledge. The body of knowledge that was available was outdated and inadequate in addressing emerging issues in constitutional transitions.

His vision was to have a place where global constitutional experts can converge and share ideas, experiences and research findings on constitutional transition models from various countries.

The center brings together and guides the team of international experts to work on new evidence-based constitutional transition models. It also mobilizes and supports the assembly of knowledge for use in constitution building and amendment.

Read more about CCT, visit http://constitutionaltransitions.org/director/#Choudhry

He sees the network of experts as an achievement for the field of constitutional transitions since they have a potential to outlive the founding members.

Sujit Choudhry has been involved in constitutional making and amendments in emerging and mature democracies. He has worked in Egypt, Libya, South Africa, Jordan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, among others.  Check chronicleweek.com.

This has given him exposure to various legal and political environments, which has made him more open-minded in dealing with cross-cultural communities (patch.com)

To succeed in such an environment, he advises that one should listen to the stakeholders who know what they want and have a better understanding of the situation on the ground.

His experience has shown him that the stakeholders’ point of view may differ from his point of view, as an American, but he has learned the value of respecting them and restraining himself from imposing his ideas on them.