Sujit Choudhry is a director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions. Sujit was part of top constitutional lawyers and experts that met in Kiev in July to address the semi-presidential system of government in Ukraine. Most of the discussions revolved around the challenges that the country was experiencing with this system of government. The meeting in Kiev was attended by major stakeholders on democracy and governance such as the center of policy and legal reform, the international institute for democracy and electorate assistance, and other intergovernmental organizations that advocate for democracy and good governance from all over the globe.
Sujit Choudhry described it as a privileged to have been part of such a delegation consisting of best constitutional and governance experts. He described the situation in Ukraine as “Unstable.” According to him, the power was concentrated around that presidency and the parliamentary system of electing leaders was not in any way making the situation better. He also added that the weakness of the political parties in the country has also contributed in aggravating the matter. More of blogs and timeline activities on his facebook.com page.
Some of the experts that Sujit shared the platform with included; Sumit Bisarya of International IDEA, Thomas Sidelius of Dalarma University, Vladimir Vasilenko, a human rights representative in Ukraine, Sergyi Holovatyi from the Constitutional Commission of Ukraine, Vktor Musiaka, a representative of the Supreme Court. And Ihor Koluishko, a member of the Center for policy and legal reform and a former MP. Additional article on law.nyu.edu.
All these are persons with huge experience on matters of the constitution and democratic governance. The meeting required their input, according to Sujit. Sujit Choudhry has lectured in many countries and has been an advisor on constitutional matters around the globe. He has a collection of educational materials in the form of articles, academic contributions, and constitutional law case studies that he has released. The whole collection is known as “constitutional making.” Check this on indiawest.com. Sujit has gone ahead to give his views about the role of transitional democracies in making of constitutions. According to Choudhry, current leaders ought to support constitution based reforms. The Centre of Constitution Transitions is an organization that supports constitution building processes all over the world. More to read on blogs.law.nyu.edu.
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