Sujit Choudhry: Scholar, Professor, and Expert in Comparative Law

Comparative law is the study of the different types of legal systems in the world. It involves the analysis of these types of law and their similarities and differences. The field has increased in importance because of globalization and democratization of many countries. The field helps to inform other branches of law such as economics and law for economics.

 

Sujit Choudhry is recognized as one of the foremost scholars today in the field of comparative law. Sujit is the founding director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions which was started in 2012. The center brings together experts from around the world to develop better policies for constitution building. It collaborates with think tanks, universities, NGOs, and multilateral organizations. He is co-leader of some research projects in partnership with the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance namely Security Sector Oversight, Security Sector Reform, Constitutional Transitions, and Dealing with Territorial Cleavages. He has edited several collections throughout the course of his career. Some of the books that he has written include “The Oxford Handbook of the Indian Constitution,” “The Migration of Constitutional Ideas,” and “Constitution Making” which he co-wrote with Edward Elgar.  Check this on investing.com.

 

Sujit Choudhry is a member of the United Nations Mediation Roster and is a consultant to the United Nations Development Program and the World Bank Institute.  Sujit Choudhry has been instrumental in the constitutional building processes of numerous countries worldwide including Nepal, Libya, Jordan, Tunisia, and South Africa. His research in comparative law has been focusing on semi-presidentialism, minority and group rights, and the role of constitutional design in transforming societies. Sujit’s expertise in the field led to his appointment to the editorial boards of the Constitutional Court Review, the International Journal of Constitutional Law, and the Cambridge Studies in Constitutional Law.

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Choudhry was appointed the dean of the school of law at the University of California, Berkeley. He served from 2014 to 2016. Choudhry is recognized as being the first person of Indian origin to become the dean of a major law school. He pioneered and launched several initiatives in line with his agenda of access, service, innovation, and globalization during his time as dean. One initiative helped to increase the number of Latino and African American students in an introductory class by 50%. Choudhry was active in the push for same-sex marriage in addition to being a counsel of record before the Supreme Court of Canada. His work ethic and expertise made him one of only four people who received a Trudeau Fellowship in 2010.

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