Sujit Choudhry was born in New Delhi, India in 1970. He studied at the Oxford University, Harvard and the University of Toronto. He is the director of Centre for Constitutional Transitions. He is also the I. Michael Heyman Professor of Law at the University of California-School of Law where he is the school dean. Sujit Choudhry also co-leads other global collaborative projects which deal with territorial cleavages, security sector reforms and constitutional transitions. He is also a member of United Nations Mediation Roster and a World Bank Institute Consultant.
Sujit Choudhry has been a constitutional advisor for over 20 years. He has published journals, articles, and books. The books he has published include; The Migration of Constitutional Ideas, Constitutional Design for Divided Societies, Constitution Making and Oxford handbook of Indian Constitution. He was awarded Practitioner of the year award in 2011 by the South Asian Bar Association.
Sujit Choudhry joined the experienced team of constitutional experts on July 10 th in Kiev. The team discussed some semi-presidential systems in Ukraine and also the challenges facing the system. He went ahead to say that democratization in Ukraine has been unstable. The focus on the presidency power, the legislature electoral system and the weak political parties among others, led to the instability.
He was joined by notable people such as Dalarna University’s Thomas Sidelius and International IDEA Sumit Bisarya. Vladimir Vasilenko Ukraine’s representative on Human Rights, Sergyi Holovatyi, a member of constitutional commission of Ukraine and Viktor Musiaka president representative in Supreme Court, Ihor Kuliushko representative of Centre for policy and legal reform as well as a former member of parliament and the president’s advisor.
Sujit Choudhry also mentioned the recent wave of the involvement of the transitional democracies in constitutional making decisions. He stated it was important that current legal thought leaders collect and discuss policy-based options in support of the constitutional reform process.
The Centre of Constitutional Transitions creates and mobilizes knowledge supporting constitutional building. It assembles and leads international experts who produces the evidence-based policy options. In collaboration with think tanks, NGOs and global network of the multilateral organizations, they managed to accomplish their mission.