Category: Authority on Legal Laws
Sujit Choudhry is the founder and director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions. The Center for Constitutional Transitions is the world’s first center based in a university to generate and mobilize knowledge in support of constitution building. Sujit Choudhry explains that the main idea behind the Center for Constitutional Transitions is so that global networks of experts can assemble and build accurate policy options backed by evidence for decision-makers. Choudhry and his team have already worked with more than fifty of these experts from over 25 countries. For over two decades, Choudhry has served as a constitutional advisor to places all over the world that are transitioning into democracies. He duties were to write new constitutions and improve the existing ones (works.bepress.com). During that process he would often run into issues where knowledge was either incomplete or outdated, which later led to the founding of the Center for Constitutional Transitions.
Sujit Choudhry was born in New Delhi, India, in 1970. Prior to the founding of the Center for Constitutional Transitions, he served as the Dean of the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Law for several years. Choudhry was the first Indian-origin scholar to be appointed Dean at a top law school in the United States. Before his role as Dean, he served as the Cecelia Goetz Professor of Law at New York University in 2011. He advised the constitution building process in Jordan, Nepal, South Africa, Egypt and many other countries during his tenure as a constitution advisor.
Choudhry attended McGill University and received an undergraduate degree. He obtained his law degrees from the Harvard Law School, University of Toronto and the University of Oxford. Choudhry was provided with a Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship program scholarship during his enrollment at Harvard Law School. Sujit Choudhry was honored several times with the Trailblazer Award from the South Asian Bar Associations of Southern and Northern California in 2015.