Sujit Choudhry has been a constitutional advisor for over 20 years in a broad variety of contexts (including during ceasefires and conditions of political violence).  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.  Here are some examples of Choudhry’s field engagements:

  • Invited participant in Expert Group meetings in Geneva and New York on Transitional Justice and Atrocity Prevention to advise Pablo de Greiff, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence & Adama Dieng, UN Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the prevention of genocide (Fall 2017).
  • Prepared a memorandum for International IDEA on issues related to federalism as a tool to resolve conflict and reconstitute states, in support of discussions relating to the Yemen conflict (summer 2017).
  • Jointly lead an expert workshop in Kyiv, co-hosted by International IDEA and the Centre of Policy and Legal Reform (Ukraine), to review a draft report which I co-authored (in English and Ukrainian ) on constitutional reforms to executive powers in Ukraine, as part of the constitutional review currently being led by the Constitutional Commission of Ukraine (July 2017).
  • Served as a senior international scholar in residence at the Academy of the Arab Association of Constitutional Law in Tunis, leading seminars and working intensively with emerging constitutional experts from across the Arab region, on the relationship between security sector reform and constitutional transitions (December 2016).
  • Participated in an expert consultation co-convened by the Center for Policy Alternatives (Sri Lanka) and International IDEA to advise the Office of the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka on constitutional reform, including meeting personally with Prime Minster Wickremesinghe to brief him on the results of our consultation (September 2015).
  • Co-chaired a two-day international meeting in Brussels to present the preliminary results of the Dealing with Territorial Cleavages in Constitutional Transitions project, in cooperation with the European Union External Action Service and hosted by the European Union Committee of Regions, attended by nearly 100 representatives of multilateral organizations (including the United Nations), regional organizations, MFAs, ODAs, NGOs, and technical advisors (September 2015).
  • Co-chaired an international meeting of experts from Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa, North America and Western Europe at the Canadian embassy in Tunis, in partnership with International IDEA, for the Security Sector Oversight: Protecting Democratic Consolidation From Authoritarian Backsliding & Partisan Abuse project, to explore legal and institutional mechanisms for security sector oversight in transitional democracies (August 2014).
  • Co-chaired an international meeting of experts from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa, North America and Western Europe at the Canadian embassy in the Hague, in partnership with International IDEA, for the Security Sector Reform & Constitutional Transitions In Emerging Democracies project, to explore the role of security sector reform in constitutional reform processes (May 2014).
  • Directed the Constitutional Transitions Clinic (at the New York University School of Law), which provided “back office” research support to International IDEA’s Middle East and North Africa office through a team of 20 student researchers (over two years); this partnership produced six technical reports (in English and Arabic) on constitutional design in the Middle East and North Africa, jointly published by International IDEA, CT , and (for three reports) UNDP; serving as the lead author on these reports; making two missions to Tunisia with the research team to present draft reports and consult President Marzouki, legal experts, parliamentarians with responsibility for the constitutional process, academic experts, civil society, and university students (September 2012 to May 2014).
  • Drafted a report for International IDEA on design options for the Libyan constitutional process (prior to the election of the Constitutional Assembly of Libya), which addressed possible mechanisms to coordinate the work of the Constitutional Assembly and the General National Congress (GNC), and led a workshop in Tripoli with members of the GNC to review and discuss these options (December 2012 and January 2013).
  • Engaged parliamentarians, civil society, and the diplomatic community in a public lecture, invitational workshop and private sessions, in Colombo, on power-sharing options (including electoral system design and executive powers) for Sri Lanka that could both enhance political competition among Sinhalese parties and accommodate the demands of Tamil nationalists (July 2012).
  • Served on a team providing technical advice on the redesign of Nepal’s judicial system to adapt it to a federal structure through consultations with the legal profession and judiciary, in support of the Nepal Bar Association; and led workshops on official language rights for the indigenous peoples’ caucus of Nepal’s Constitutional Assembly (hosted by International IDEA), and on the right to self-determination for indigenous peoples under international law (hosted by UNDP) (June 2010).