Dr Sujit Choudhry Decodes Holders Tweet

Sujit Choudhry is a globally renowned professor whose research discusses a broad spectrum of problems in comparative politics and constitutional law, including constitution building processes, minority and group rights, official language policy, basic methodological questions in the study of comparative constitutional law, constitutional courts, constitutional form as a means to accomplish the change from violent opposition to nonviolent democratic politics, constitutional form in the setting of shifts from authoritarian to popular rule, bills of rights, secession, security division oversight, transitional justice constitutional design in ethnically separated communities, decentralization, semi-presidentialism and federalism (law.nyu.edu).  He has additionally written about constitutional law in Canada.

Choudhry’s most current publication is his book chapter planned for publishing in Constitutional Democracies in Crisis. Specifically, Choudhry hones-in on a post on Twitter by President Obamas former Attorney General Eric Holder that was written to his supporters in December of 2017. In the tweet, Holder declared any possible termination of Robert Mueller an absolute red line. He also proposed that, should that happen, nonviolent demonstrations should follow. American people have to be heard and seen – they ultimately determinative the outcome, Holder stated.

According to Dr. Choudhry’s analysis of Holder’s post, the former general’s statement is built on two concepts – one is the metaphorical “red line,” i.e, a unanimous constitutional boundary of American democracy, the other idea being that he gives the American citizens to decide whether officials indeed have abused authority while transgressing said boundaries. Additionally, Choudhry underlined Holders insinuation that the reactions of American citizens will affect how the problem is resolved – essentially if the notion of the line will be reversed or upheld.

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Sujit Choudhry is a Professor of Law at University of California at Berkeley and is a globally respected authority on politics and constitutional law who joins a broad research program with extensive experience advising constitution-building methods, in Egypt, Nepal, Jordan, Sri Lanka, Libya, Yemen, South Africa, Tunisia, and Ukraine. He has spoken or lectured in over 24 countries.

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