Sujit Choudhry Offers a Helping Hand to Spain and Catalonia

The dispute that has been between Catalonia and Spain attracted the attention of legal experts lead by Sujit Choudhry. The constitutional law scholars wrote a letter to the two governments urging them to have an open mind while discussing secession matter that affects both of them in equal measure. They asked the President Puigdemont of Catalonia to arrange for a referendum to prove his commitment of secession issue. They also requested Spanish prime minister to understand and accept the will of the majority of Catalonians.

The scholars in their open latter advised that the two sides needed to have a round-table talk to come to a constitutional agreement. The attempt by Spain to suppress referendum process was not well received by the scholars who argued that the whole process needed to be done peacefully and orderly.

Sujit Choudhry with his team cautioned Mr. Rajoy to avoid arresting those who come out to support the secession of Catalonia; they said that the act is a human right abuse. The actions by Spanish government has led to the situation worsening and making it pretty hard for Spain to rule the area peacefully without involving any form of violence. The scholars are of the opinion of Mr. Rajoy stopping to be so harsh when handing the Catalonian people. The best way for the two parties is to have a dialogue with an open mind and discuss the wish of Catalans.

About Sujit Choudhry

Sujit Choudhry is a constitutional law expert. He has over 20 years and has worked in the development of constitutions of countries such as Ethiopia, South Africa, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Yemen, Ukraine, Libya, Jordan, and Tunisia among others. For updates on his recent timeline activities, hit on  He has a rich educational background. He graduated with a bachelor of Art in Law from the University of Oxford in 1994 and later got a bachelor of Law from University of Toronto and Masters of Law from Harvard School of Law. Refer to for a related article.

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Mr. Sujit is the Director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions, a body which works to gather knowledge geared towards constitutional building by using the services of the international legal law experts. Center for Constitutional Transitions gets contributions from law experts from across the world and has so far worked with more than 50 experts from over 25 countries.  For further details, visit his website, click on

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Professor Sujit Choudhry’s Assessment of Constitutional Challenges

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

The UC Berkeley law professor achievements are indisputable.   Check  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

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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