Sujit Choudhry is the I. Michael Heyman Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley – School of Law, where he served as Dean. He was previously the Cecelia Goetz Professor of Law at New York University, and the Scholl Chair at the University of Toronto. He is an internationally recognized authority on comparative constitutional law and politics, who has spoken in over two dozen countries, and combines a wide-ranging research agenda with in-depth field experience as an advisor to constitution building processes, including in Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Nepal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Ukraine and Yemen. Professor Choudhry holds law degrees from Oxford, Toronto, and Harvard; was a Rhodes Scholar; and served as law clerk to Chief Justice Antonio Lamer of the Supreme Court of Canada.
Choudhry has been a constitutional advisor for over 20 years in a broad variety of contexts (including during ceasefires and conditions of political violence). Sujit Choudhry’s experience includes: facilitating public dialogue sessions with civil society groups and other stakeholders; leading stakeholder consultations; performing detailed advisory work with technical experts; training civil servants and bureaucrats; engaging party leaders and parliamentarians; and drafting technical reports and memoranda in the field. (Examples of Choudhry’s field engagements can be found here).
Professor Sujit Choudhry is the Director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions, which generates and mobilizes knowledge in support of constitution building by assembling and leading international networks of experts to produce evidence-based policy options for decision-makers and agenda-setting research. It partners with a global network of multilateral organizations, think tanks, and NGOs. The Center for Constitutional Transitions has worked with over 50 experts from more than 25 countries. In partnership with the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, Professor Choudhry is currently co-leading three global collaborative research projects: Dealing with Territorial Cleavages in Constitutional Transitions, Security Sector Reform and Constitutional Transitions in Emerging Democracies, and Security Sector Oversight: Protecting Democratic Consolidation from Authoritarian Backsliding and Partisan Abuse, which will yield a series of research and policy outputs to be published in 2017. Professor Choudhry is a member of the United Nations Mediation Roster, and has been a consultant to the World Bank Institute at the World Bank and the United Nations Development Program.
Professor Choudhry’s research addresses a broad variety of issues in comparative constitutional law and politics, including constitutional design as a tool to manage the transition from violent conflict to peaceful democratic politics; constitutional design in ethnically divided societies; federalism, decentralization and secession; semi-presidentialism; constitutional courts and transitional justice; official language policy; minority and group rights; bills of rights; constitutional design in the context of transitions from authoritarian to democratic rule; constitution building processes; security sector oversight; and basic methodological questions in the study of comparative constitutional law. He has also written extensively on Canadian constitutional law.
Professor Choudhry has published over ninety articles, book chapters, working papers and reports. His books include 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). Sujit Choudhry is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Society of Public Law (ICONS), the International Advisory Council of the Institute for Integrated Transitions (IFIT), the Scientific Advisory Board of the International Journal of Constitutional Law (ICON), the Editorial Board of the Constitutional Court Review, the Editorial Advisory Board for the Cambridge Studies in Constitutional Law, and is an Honorary Member of the Advisory Council of the Indian Constitutional Law Review.