Sujit Choudhry Discusses The Constitutional Challenges Ukraine Is Facing

Sujit Choudhry, a college professor and director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions, traveled to Kiev, Ukraine on 7-10-17 in order to join a discussion about the political crisis in that nation (prnewswire.com).  They have a semi-presidential system of government which has a number of glaring weaknesses due to their constitution. A workshop was held which included him, other international constitutional experts, and organizations in Ukraine.

Ukraine has been trying to form a democracy for many years but their constitution holds them back. Choudhry said one of the biggest problems is that the president is given far too much power in the constitution. Other problems are how those in the legislature are elected plus political parties that are quite weak in nature. Adding these issues together means that this country’s move towards democracy has been anything but stable.

Over the past 20 years, Sujit Choudhry has helped many emerging democracies either build a constitution from scratch or make modifications to their existing ones in order to improve them.

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The Center for Constitutional Transitions is an organization that mobilizes a global group of constitutional experts who developed evidence-based information about constitutions. This information is then supplied to government policymakers who use it when they are going through the constitution-making process.

Sujit Choudhry is presently the I. Michael Heyman Professor of Law at the school of law on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley. He has held this position since 2014. Prior to this he was the Cecelia Goetz Professor of Law at New York University’s School of Law for three years (constitutionaltransitions.org). He has been a university law professor since 1999 when he started out as an assistant professor of law in Canada at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law.

He has law degrees from three nations. His first one was earned in the United Kingdom at the University of Oxford. He then went to Canada and attended the University of Toronto, graduating in 1996. His masters degree in comparative constitutional law was earned in the United States at Harvard Law School, which he graduated from in 1998.

For further reference, visit sujitchoudhry.com.

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