Sujit Choudhry was part of the constitutional experts who were to have a discussion about Ukraine’s government semi-presidential system as well as the constitutional challenges they are facing currently. Their discussion was focused on how to make the governing process in Ukraine better. The workshop was taking place on July 10th, in Kiev, Ukraine, under the hosting of Ukraine’s major think tank, International IDEA and Center of Policy and Legal Reforms. International IDEA or rather International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, is an intergovernmental organization that backs up sustainable democracy globally. Read patch.com.
Sujit is a professor in the School of Law of the University of California, Berkley. He is also the Center for Constitutional Transitions’ director. In the workshop, Sujit expressed his gratitude and appreciations for having a chance to sit and have a deliberation about executive powers, with some top researchers and experts in constitutional matters. He pointed out some of the factors that have contributed to the long period of instability in Ukraine’s democratization. Some of these factors he said were; power concentration in the presidency, the legislature’s electoral system, feeble political parties, and power separation that exists in the president and prime minister’s dual executive.
International ODEA’s Simit Bisarya and Dalarna University’s Thomas Sidelius, were among those that tabled the discussion with Sujit. Prominent people like Vladin=mir Vasilenko, Sergyi Holovatyi, Victor Musiaka, Ihor Koliushko, representatives of different international bodies, participated in the roundtable together with Former MP2005-2006 Ukraine president’s advisor and many other.
In the workshop, Sujit passed his sentiments in regard to the constitution-making decisions’ wave that was recently blowing among many countries. He said that there was a necessity of the current constitutional thought leaders to meet and have serious discussions on evidence-based policy options so as to back up the process of constitutional reforms.
More about Sujit Choudhry.
Sujit is a renown constitutional building advisor who has worked with several nations including Egypt, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Tunisia, Jordan among others. Being a reputable authority in comparative constitutional law, Sujit has had constitutional lectures in over 25 countries.
He holds a degree in law from Oxford University, Harvard and Toronto University. He has published dozens of articles, reports and several books mainly on constitutional law. Read his writings on medium.com. He is a member of several bodies and organizations including International Society of Public Law, International Journal of Constitutional Law, Institute for Integrated Transitions and many others. Refer to Blogs.law.nyu.edu for related article.
Additional details about the professor on http://constitutionaltransitions.org/director/#Choudhry