Law Professor Sujit Choudhry Contributes to Efforts to Stabilize the Ukrainian Government

A former Dean of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law Sujit Choudhry is currently a Professor of Law at that school. Professor Choudhry is the author of 90 books and articles on the subject of Constitutional Law. His expertise is in the area of Comparative Constitutional Law and politics. He has earned Law Degrees from multiple schools including Harvard. A Rhodes Scholar one of his Law Degrees is from Oxford University (

His research covers a dozen different aspects of Constitutional Law and he has lectured globally on the subject. Sujit Choudhry is the Director of the Centers for Constitutional Transition. The CCT is a collective of Think Tanks and Non-Governmental Organizations. The authorities on Constitutional Law that work with the center are devoted to helping fledgling democracies draft their constitutions. Professor Choudhry has had a hand in helping countries in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Europe form their constitutions.

In July of last year, he traveled to Kiev, Ukraine to attend a symposium organized by the Center for Policy and Legal Reform a Ukraine based Think Tank. A second organization devoted to fostering democracy world-wide the Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA)and Sweden’s Dalarna University were also involved. The topic of discussion was how a semi-presidential system is undermining the Ukrainian government.

Over the last twenty years, the government in Kiev has been destabilizing. While expressing gratitude for the opportunity to exchange ideas with other Constitutional Scholars Sujit Choudhry outlined the causes of the instability. The examples Professor Choudhry sited are the powers of the president, the division of power between the president and prime minister, the means by which the legislature is elected, and ineffectual political parties, The symposium’s objective is to find solutions to these issues. More on

The UN’s Human Rights Council representative Vladimir Vasilenko was in attendance. Sergyi Holovatyi and Viktor Musika were present on behalf of the Constitutional Commission of Ukraine and the Venice Commission respectively ( ¬†Other delegates included former Representative of the President in the Supreme Council Ihor Koliushko, a former member of Ukraine’s Parliment, and a past Presidential Advisor.

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