Sujit Choudhry view on disintegrating a democracy

Sujit Choudhry is an internationally acclaimed scholar in the field of constitutional law and politics. He has written numerous reports, articles, and books that relate to constitutions and legal requirements. He is the current founder of Center for Constitutional Transitions, an organization that seeks to create knowledge of networks that offer insights and concrete ideas to help build good constitutions more so for the emerging democracies. He has worked in several countries across the world and consulted for organizations such as the World Bank.

He notably took issue with a tweet published in December 2017, by Eric holder the former attorney general under Obama’s administration ( In the tweet, Eric termed any move to have Robert Mueller; white house special counsel terminated an absolute red line. Eric further stated that, should the termination be done, then the American people should rise and hold peaceful demonstrations.

Sujit Choudhry dissected this tweet in his soon to be published book chapter in the “constitutional democracies in crisis” (   He terms the tweet as holding two concepts. The first concept is the red line which as per the American democracy is taken to mean uncontroversial constitutional boundary. The second concept is that of the American people being left to decide whether or not the officers have abused their offices and if they have crossed the red line. He further assesses the tweet as being built on the ideas of “constitutional self-enforcement that is built around a focal point kind of concept.” He goes on to tear into Holder’s tweet, questioning why being the chief law enforcement officer of the nation, he fails to incorporate the aspect of legal challenge to attempt to abolish the authority of Mueller.

He also raised another issue of presidential term limit which he says is a classic example of a focal point where presidents are limited to only two terms in office. To him, an autocrat will want to break this focal point and continue being in power. This will result in opponents calling for mass actions against the autocrat. Sujit Choudhry further writes that Holders tweet if analyzed in a particular context the red line can be considered to be a democratic failure.

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