Today’s political landscape is marked by numerous intrigues that threaten to erode the democratic foundations of various democracies across the globe. From growing nationalism to a blatant violation of basic human rights, federalism, secessionist politics, and authoritarianism, democratic rules that once formed the foundation of many societies and great democracies such as the United States are increasingly and systemically being replaced by practices that have crossed the imaginary constitutional red line. While commenting on the global political situation in one of the chapters of his upcoming book, seasoned comparative law specialist, Sujit Choudhry believes the gravity of the problem is best captured by Eric Holder’s recent tweet on the political intrigues surrounding Robert Mueller’s investigations into Russia’s meddling into the 2016 presidential elections.
Appointed by the White House, the special counsel has faced growing calls for his term to be terminated. However, Holder, a former attorney general in the previous administration tweeted that the masses should determine such a decision. Sujit Choudhry believes tampering or firing Muller without involving the masses would amount to crossing the constitutional red line, read moer here on https://works.bepress.com/sujit_choudhry/. Choundhry opines that the reaction of the American public should determine the constitutionality of such a decision. The current director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions argues that the appropriateness of such actions do not lie within any legal grounding. Rather, they are based on self-enforcement of such actions. View this link, releasefact.com.
Sujit Choudhry believes that democracy is increasingly threatened by issues that extend beyond the actions of the incumbent executive that cross the symbolic constitutional red line, click (Law.nyu.edu). He notes that autocracy and ignoring of constitutional term limits by the sitting presidents amount to democratic failures in the modern era. Such autocratic decisions amount to self-coup. Self-coups manifest in various forms including changing of the constitution and electoral laws as exemplified by the actions of Law and Justice Party, a right-wing and Populist Party that came to power in Poland in 2015. Other threats include electoral fraud and coup d’états.
Through his current role at the center, Sujit Choudhry has continued with his work of constructing constructions in collaboration with other experts from around the globe. He is an experienced mediator who has worked for numerous organizations including the United Nations and World Bank to bring peace in various countries, see (Linkedin.com).