Economic globalization, internationalism, meaning greater cooperation between countries, and the rise of democratic principles or democratization is ongoing in many parts of the world. Because of this trend, the importance of comparative law has increased significantly. Comparative law is the study of different legal systems and legislation when comparing two or more countries, both the similarities and differences compared. The study of Islamic law, Hindu law, and Chinese law are examples of comparative law; studies will include a detailed analysis of a nation’s legal system. Sujit Choudhry is an internationally recognized expert in the practice of comparative law.
Sujit Choudhry’s combination of in-depth research and field experience has made it possible for him to advise on the constitution building process for countries such as Egypt, Ukraine, South Africa, Libya, and many others. His research answers fundamental questions about the methodology used to transition from violent conflict to a peaceful democracy by using constitutional design as a tool. Dean Choudhry is currently studying the ways constitutional design can be used to transition from authoritarian to democratic rule, especially in countries that are ethnically divided.
In conjunction with his advisory work, Sujit Choudhry is involved with many organizations. He is the Founding Director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions, a university-based center, the first of its kind in the world, that organizes knowledge of constitution building. He has also served as a consultant to the World Bank Institute, is a member of the United Nations Mediation Roster and has served with several Canadian organizations, including the Governing Toronto Advisory Panel. Dean Choudhry has written over 90 articles, working papers, book chapters, and reports. Among his edited work is The Migration of Constitutional Ideas and the Constitutional Design for Divided Societies, to mention only two, there are much more.
Sujit Choudhry is a Rhodes Scholar who holds four law degrees from Oxford, Harvard, and Toronto. He served as a law clerk for Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice, Antonio Lamer. In 2010 he was among four Canadians to receive the Trudeau Fellowship, one of the highest civilian awards in Canada. Before joining Berkeley Law, Sujit served as a law professor at the NYU School of Law and held the Scholl Chair at the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto. During his tenure as Dean of Berkeley Law, 2014-2016, he introduced several initiatives designed to make college available to more African American and Latino students. Sujit included an Access for All fundraising campaign, designed to provide financial aid to students in need, and a special scholarship for first-generation college students. His efforts increased the proportion of minority law students by 50%.
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