After the Ukrainians adapted the semi-presidential government system, some teething issues came up that required expert analysis and discussions. Local and international organizations that advocate for democracy came together and invited world’s greatest legal minds in a workshop that sought to look at how some of the issues would be ironed out. Some of the notable organizations that took part in the workshop included the center of policy and legal reform and the international institute for democracy and electorate assistance.
Among the keynote speakers during the workshop was Prof. Sujit Choudhry, the director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions. Others included Thomas Sidelius of Dalarna University, Ukrainian Supreme Court’s Viktor Musiaka, and Ihor Koliushko of the Center for policy and legal reform. This shows the richness in law that the workshop had.
Prof. Sujit Choudhry was quick to note that Ukraine as a country is yet to embrace democracy as a whole; democratization in the country is weak and unstable. He supported his argument by giving examples of unstable constitutional institutions in the country that brought about this instability among them political parties, the electoral body, and the overly powerful presidency.
Constitutional reforms are not to be taken lightly in Sujit’s view. He told the workshop that the process must be led by well-thought-out policies. He explained that through his experience in constitutional making processes in transitional democracies, scholars must be ready to compare different case studies and legal articles so that they can eventually come up with a concrete constitution. For added reference, click papers.ssrn.com.
About Prof. Sujit
Through The Center of Constitutional Transitions, Sujit brings together experts who bring policy-based legal contributions to the comparative law. Related article on indiawest.com.
Prof. Sujit Choudhry was sometimes back the dean at the University of California at Berkeley Law School. Now in his mid-40s, Prof. Sujit Choudhry has made contributions to constitutional making processes in many nations.
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Initially, Sujit thought he would be a biologist and had even pursued a bachelor degree in biology at McGill University. He was, however, to fall in love with law and decided to enroll for his LLB at the University of Oxford and later for his LLM at Harvard school of law. He is said to have been the best law student of his time. Be updated with his blogs, visit him on his linkedin.com page.
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