Educator and constitutional law expert, Sujit Choudhry, has joined a discussion panel about Ukraine’s semi-presidential system of government and its current constitutional challenges. The meeting was held on July 10th 2017 in Kiev to discuss how to create a stronger and more sustainable democracy for the country of Ukraine. Ukraine has had a difficult history with democratization for the past two decades, largely due to weak political parties and a concentration of power with the executive role of the government. The panel also included International IDEA’s senior program manager, Sumit Bisarya, as well as Thomas Sidelius from Dalarna University. Other participants were UN Human Rights Council’s representative Vladimir Vasilenko, Viktor Musiaka, Ihor Koliushko, and Sergyi Holovatyi. Read additional article on patch.com.
“There has been a recent wave of constitution-making decisions made by transitional democracies,” remarked Choundhry during the meeting. “It is critical for today’s constitutional thought leaders to gather and discuss evidence-based policy options to support the constitutional reform process.”
Sujit Choudhry has served as the Dean of the University of California at Berkley School of Law, becoming the first Indian dean for a top United States law school. On an international level, Choudhry is recognized as a top expert on comparative constitutional law. He graduated from Columbia University with a Juris Doctor and earned a BA in Neuroscience from Brown University. Additionally, he was a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford and was a member of the Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship at Harvard Univesity. Choudhry has worked in creating constitution-building programs across a number of countries, including Chile, Kenya, Myanmar, Nepal, Somalia, South Sudan, Tunisia and recently Ukraine. Check blogs.law.nyu.edu for more.
Choudhry has participated in designing workshops that focus on restoring democratic institutions from recent authoritarian countries. He has worked with countries such as Egypt, Libya, South Africa, Jordan, and Sri Lanka in an effort to build strong constitutions for these countries.
“It was a privilege to meet with some of the top researchers and constitutional experts in the capital of Ukraine to discuss executive powers,” said Choudhry. Get connected with him on crunchbase.com.
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