Sujit Choudhry Touches on Crumbling Tradition

Sujit Choudhry is renowned for his efforts in publishing research regarding politics and constitutional law, and today, he is the acting I. Michael Heyman Professor of Law at UC Berkeley. Sujit Choudhry’s research covers a wide variety of topics and sectors, which he has utilized as a constitutional advisor to countries such as Egypt, Libya, Nepal, Ukraine, Yemen, Sri Lanka, and South Africa for the last 20 years of his career. In this time, he has visited over two dozen countries around the world, often for a speaking engagement or in a lecturing capacity. In his writings, Sujit Choudhry covers a number of topics, ranging from constitutional courts and decentralization to federalism and minority rights.

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In the upcoming publication, “Constitutional Democracies in Crisis?,” Sujit Choudhry contributed a chapter in which he discusses a recent tweet that was posted by the former United States Attorney General under the Obama Administration, Eric Holder. In the tweet, Eric Holder discussed the potential dismissal of White House Special Counsel, Robert Mueller. He describes this potential decision by President Donald Trump as a “red line,” and believes that if this occurs, it will, and should, be met with peaceful protests by the American people. Sujit Choudhry also discussed Eric Holder’s belief that the decision regarding whether or not the United States Government has, or has not, in fact, abused their powers, will ultimately be up to the people. If the recent actions by the US Government stand and continue for the foreseeable future, will, in Eric Holder’s opinion, be a result of the actions taken by the American people; if they protest for change, it will happen.

In Sujit Choudhry’s upcoming piece in “Constitutional Democracies in Crisis,” (, he will aim to discuss a number of examples that support the deterioration of constitutional democracy around the world, as well as the role of president beginning to increasingly resemble autocratic rule, and the changes affecting the political arena as a whole. While this trend, recently being coined, “democratic backsliding” or “authoritarian backsliding,” is nothing new, it has continued to evolve in mean since the Cold War. For an additional reading, click on

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