A constitution is a vital component of any country. It provides the legal framework for every activity undertaken by a government or the citizens. However, many nations are faced with a significant challenge of complete implementation of its provisions. Equally, the constitution-making process is a complex task. It involves both local and international experts to ensure that the final document is realistic and custom-made for a particular jurisdiction.
Among the best experts is Sujit Choudhry, the Director of the Centre for Constitutional Transitions. He has been involved in constitutional building processes in countries like Libya, Nepal, Egypt, South Africa and Sri Lanka.
Recently, Choudhry took part in a workshop on the semi-presidential system in Ukraine among other constitutional challenges. The event had been organized by distinguished entities like International Institute for Democracy and Electorate Assistance. The Ukraine based organizations were also joined by intergovernmental groups that promote sustainable democracy around the world.
According to Choudhry, the event was strengthened by the presence of local experts. He said that the democratization process in Ukraine has not been consistent. Choudhry attributed this to a weak political party system and a powerful presidency.
Notable experts from different organizations also graced the workshop. Among those present was Sergyl Holovatyi of the Constitutional Commission of Ukraine and Vladimir Vasilenko Ukraine’s representative on Human Rights among others. The roundtable participants provided insightful inputs that were expected to address the identified challenges.
Choudhry advised those involved in the constitution making process to come up with policy-based options to support the reform process. He went ahead to point out they can acquire objective information from scholars through case studies and articles.
About Sujit Choudhry
Sujit Choudhry is well established as an educator and expert in constitutional law and democracy. He has a range of experience since he has worked in many nations. He is the Dean of Dean of Berkeley School of Law at the University of California and a Professor of Law at the I. Michael Heyman. He has some awards to his name including “Trailblazer” award (law.nyu.edu). Before pursuing Law at the University of Oxford, Choudhry was studying biological studies.