Kiev, Ukraine was home to talks held by top constitutional experts on July 10th. Led by Director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions, Sujit Choudhry, the group of professionals debated on Ukraine semi-presidential structure of government. With hosts of the workshop comprising of Ukrainian think tanks, the main agenda dwelled on constitutional challenges facing the existing system. The hosts included the international institute for democracy and Electoral assistance, intergovernmental organizations supporting sustainable democracy among others. The center of policy and legal reform was also a participant.
Professor Sujit Choudhry gave his in-depth review of the democracy situation in Ukraine. He deemed the democracy as still wobbly. He blamed the volatility on a presidential system with too much power. Additionally, the weak political parties among others were also noted as reasons. This was before he expressed his gratitude of leading a discussion on powers of the executive with fellow learned friends. Among the leading members were Viktor Musiaka, Thomas Sidelius, Vladimir Vasienko, Sumit Bisarya, Ihor Koliushko and Sergyi Holovatyi. Although a meeting of brilliant minds, the law professor stood out from the rest with his valuable inputs to the conversation. Read his views and insights on socially political related matters, hit on iconnectblog.com.
The UC Berkeley law professor achievements are indisputable. Check law.nyu.edu. His knowledge of constitutional law is remarkable, and with masters from Harvard law school, it is not hard to see why. Sujit Choudhry’s achievements do not stop there as he is also the first Indian-American dean at UC Berkley. The Indian native has had an affection for the law studies leading him to abandon his goal of becoming a doctor instead. Related article on constitutionaltransitions.org.
However, he ensured his knowledge in law was vast enough and also enrolled for a Bachelors’ at Oxford and Toronto. With such a background, Choudhry has an excellent rapport. Consequently, he has worked and taught in several renowned institutions in different positions on comparative constitutional law. This has enabled him to gain vast experience on matters regarding the constitutional change which he utilizes as the Director at the Center for Constitutional Transitions. The organization serves an agenda to rally knowledge and expert opinion to support constitution building by partnering with NGOs. Additional reading here.
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