Sujit Choudhry: Comparative Constitutional Law Requires an Understanding of People and Their Current Form of Government

Sujit Choudhry is an expert authority in the field of ‘Comparative Constitutional Law’ which is nations and cultures working to develop their own ‘Constitutional Law’ based on studying in a ‘Comparative’ fashion what other nations and cultures have developed. This can create a lot of dissension as each culture must understand their own heritage and keep in mind how the people they govern will react to the idea of adopting even a portion of another nation’s constitutional law.

However, Sujit Choudhry has a unusual background that goes beyond the fact that he has law degrees from three different countries. He was born in New Delhi, the capital of India, and immigrated to Canada with his parents giving him a unique perspective by living in to vastly different cultures.  Related article on

He feels you need to move among the people in their ‘Natural State.’ The idea is, and keep in mind the examples are from different countries, to wander through the village market or stand inline for a cheeseburger or visit a social gathering event to listen to what people are really saying without using some sterile questionnaire. It is important to be able to engage them in conversation in a relaxed, natural setting so they will really tell you how they think and, more importantly, how they feel.

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After years of working as an adviser in constitutional matters for different countries working to form a government along democratic lines; Sujit Choudhry founded the Center of Constitution Transitions. The purpose of the Center for Constitutional Transitions is to not only gather knowledge; but allow the dedicated individuals that are involved in helping different governments fashion their constitutional law share the experiences be they of a positive nature or those where there is confusion and doubt.  Read his blogs, follow his page.

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As far as his educational and professional background; Professor Sujit Choudhry has received a law degree from Oxford, Toronto, and Harvard as well as earning the honor and having the experience of being a law clerk for Chief Justice Antonio Lamer of the Supreme Court of Canada.  Visit his website at

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