Sujit Choudhry, the Constitutional Voice Worldwide

Choudhry, who is the I. Michael Heyman Professor of Law at the University of California was awarded the 12th Dean of the University of California Berkeley’s School of Law in July 2014, making him the first Indian-American Dean of the school. He was also the Cecelia Goetz Professor of Law at the New York University as well as the University of Toronto’s Scholl Chair.

Professor Choudhry’s research targets a variety of issues on constitutional law and politics, ranging from using constitutional design as a weapon to containing the changeover from fierce conflict to democratic politics that are peaceful. He also researches on the basic methodological questions in the study of comparative constitutional law.

Sujit Choudhry is globally known for influence on comparative constitutional law. He has founded the Center for Constitutional Transition. Several years of traveling around the world to bring sanity to the ethnically divided societies, Choudhry got the idea of building an international knowledge network to help these new constitutional democracies. He realized that there was unreliable research on the implementation of these constitutions, which was an obstacle to his constitutional advice. This led to the creation of the Center for Constitutional Transitions.  Check this interview with Sujit on

At one time, Sujit Choudhry spent a year trying to establish a relationship that could have provided considerable resources and a global platform for their work, but unfortunately, it failed. Not giving up, they rebuilt the proposal from step one and came up with a new model that was less costly and even much better.

Sujit’s Background Information

Choudhry was born in 1970in New Delhi, India. He was raised in Canada. This multicultural upbringing was an upper hand to his world view and future career. Also, his educated parents brought him up based on intellectual stimulation. His father worked as a teacher of economics at the University of Toronto, and his mother taught nursing. This inspired Choudhry to pursue an academic path from an early age.

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Sujit’s occupation is inclusive of being a lawyer, educator, and author. He attended high school at Mc Gill University and now holds law degrees from Toronto, Harvard, and Oxford. He has a wife with whom they have a son and a daughter. William Taylor Memorial Fellowship and Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship are some of the awards that he has received.  Visit for more.

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Sujit Choudhry Leading Constitutional Transition

Sujit Choudhry is the founding director of The Center for Constitutional Transitions that has worked with more than 50 experts in more the 25 countries with the aim to generate and gather together knowledge in support of constitution building. He is recognized internationally as an authority on politics and comparative constitutional law. The organization aims at providing decision makers, NGOs, multilateral organizations and think tanks with evidence-based policy making options by assembling and leading an international network of experts.

The knowledge gaps in constitutional transitions such as the absence of up-to-date research moved Professor Sujit Choudhry to establish The Center for Constitutional Transitions. Sujit Choudhry has 3 law degrees from three different countries and sees this having given him the necessary tools to succeed. He emphasizes the importance of America studying and learning from the successes and failures of other countries, pointing out that the myth of American exceptionalism has been deflated.  For an article of an interview with Sujit, click

Sujit Choudhry highlights the importance of listening to the citizens when working with people of cultures different from your own. It is also important that one does not hold fixed ideas about how a project will turn out. Setbacks should be an opportunity to come up with even better ways of dealing with issues that arise. A major accomplishment of the The Center for Constitutional Transitions has been bringing together leading professionals and scholars who are completing three large thematic, collaborative projects including one on Territorial Cleavages in Constitutional Transitions. Professor Sujit Choudhry hopes that he and the Center for Constitutional Transitions will change the history of constitutionalism.

Professor Sujit Choudhry was a Rhodes Scholar, holds law degrees from Oxford, Harvard and Toronto; he has been involved in constitution building processes in Sri Lanka, South Africa, Tunisia, Libya, Jordan and Egypt. He is the I. Michael Heyman Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley – School of Law, where he served as Dean.   More of this on

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He has published various books including The Migration of Constitutional Ideas (Cambridge, 2006), Constitutional Design for Divided Societies: Integration or Accommodation? (Oxford, 2008), The Oxford Handbook of the Indian Constitution (Oxford, 2016) and Constitution Making (Edward Elgar, 2016). With reference from

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