Sujit Choudhry on self-enforcement of the constitution

In December 2017, the former United States attorney general, Eric Holder took to Twitter and gave his views on the issue of termination of the white house special counsel. In his remarks, he referred to the move by the government as a red line and suggested that citizens take to the streets to demonstrate what he refers to as a move to cripple the office of the special counsel.

In response to these remarks, the constitutional law and politics expert, Sujit Choudhry published a book chapter under the title ‘Democracies in Crisis.’

Sujit Choudhry’s views

Sujit points out that Holder’s suggested that the public would determine whether the termination is right or wrong if it is an abuse of power or not and that the way the citizens would react would determine what path the government decides to take regarding the matter. He refers to this concept as self-enforcement of the constitution. Under this concept, the appropriateness of the behavior of a public figure is determined by a focus on the constitutional rules. The decision as to whether or not one has violated these rules does not necessarily have to be determined by a court of law. Instead, officials who see the flaws in their fellows mobilize the people of the nation to take to the streets and demand change.

Sujit uses the book chapter to expound on democratic affairs and the currents political situation in the US and the world. He goes further and points out that there has been a recent deterioration in democracy in many nations and that many governments are beginning to exercise autocracy.

About Sujit Choudhry

Sujit is a 48-year-old native of New Delhi, India. He attended the Toronto Schools for his high school education and later on the Universities of Oxford, Toronto and the Law School o Harvard where he studied law.

Career journey

Sujit began as a Clerk of Law to the Canadian Supreme Court Chief Justice, Antonio Lamer. He worked as a graduate fellow and visiting researcher at the University of Harvard. Immediately after that, he became an assistant to a professor in the Toronto University and eventually in 2004 landed the position of Associate Dean and Scholl Chairperson at the same university. Since then he has lectured in several universities and gained international recognition as an expert in constitutional affairs and also taken part in the structuring of the constitution for several nations.

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