Sujit Choudhry is the founding director of Centre for Constitutional Transitions. He recently had an interview with Lynn Fosse senior editor for CEOCFO Magazine.
Choudhry’s idea behind the formation of Centre of constitution transitions was to help generate and mobilise knowledge to help build constitutions that are sustainable. The concept brings onboard experts, multilateral organizations and think tanks to try and develop evidence-based policy solutions to aid the decision-making processes. Through his work as a constitutional adviser for emerging democracies, he saw there were considerable gaps that impede efficient development of constitutions. It is from this that Centre for legal transitions was born.
Learn more about Choudhry’s organization at http://constitutionaltransitions.org/director/#Choudhry
He owes his professional success to the solid education he got. His working time in different political systems also has boosted him significantly. Choudhry has a solid background in legal issues having undertaken his three law degree studies from three universities namely Harvard, Toronto and Oxford. In a nutshell, he has specialized in constitutional law. His school of thought is that the world is now experiencing the most significant challenge regarding liberal democratic constitutionalism since the Second World War 2 era.
His take home throughout his career has been to learn to listen and appreciate people’s views. The difference in culture and ideas should be harnessed positively to achieve the most significant impact. His view on success is to keep reinventing one’s beliefs and not having a fixed mindset.
Sujit Choudhry says that he wants the constitutionalism to change by having important constitutional case laws written in multiple languages from all over the world.
The accomplishment he says has been to bring on board like-minded experts and stakeholders to form a global knowledge network.
His extensive work and academic experience have seen him write numerous articles, working papers and reports. Also, he has also written several books including the Migration of constitutional ideas (2006) and the Oxford Handbook of the Indian constitution (2006 just to name a few. For additional information, click works.bepress.com.
He has won numerous awards notably, the Trudeau fellow by the Trudeau Foundation and the 2011 practitioner of the year by the South Asian bar association of Toronto (law.nyu.edu).