Democratic Controversies: Sujit Choudhry

The modern democracy has raised many questions to mark if it is at work or it is the new autocracy. Political leaders have been spotted in broad daily breaking the law and making decisions that are unconstitutional, yet they call themselves democrats. Sujit Choudhry has been on the forefront advocating for leaders to follow the constitution.

Sujit Choudhry Achievement

Sujit Choudhry is a renowned international scholar who is passionate about law and politics. He is an active writer about constitutional law as well as a professor of law at the University of California. He also founded the centre for consultation transitions.

Choudhry has been an advisor for two decades. He has vast experience in organising dialogues with civil society and stakeholder’s consultations and training civil servants and bureaucrats as well as involve political leaders in drafting memoranda reports. Currently, he is a consultant at World Bank and the United Nations Development program. Related reading on

Sujit has published articles. Papers, chapters and books. His recent book ‘Constitutional Democracies crisis’ talks about how democracy is deteriorating and the presidency is sliding into autocracy.

Democratic Threats

Democratic backsliding

Democratic backsliding is the new replacement for coup d’états. Choudhry says elected presidents use legal means to manipulate the rules to remain in power after the election. Choudhry advocates for respect of the presidential term limits, electoral system design, election administration and political regulation. Manipulating the law to suit personal interest is a threat to democracy

Accepting ‘democracy to be the only game in town.’

Sujit Choudhry says people believe that political legitimation can only be attained through democracy even when politicians use democracy to hide undemocratic regimes. They think that freedom is the only game in town is degradation of democracy.

Failure to Call autocracy by Name

Choudhry suggests that courts should not be afraid to call dictatorship by its name. When the president decides without consulting the constitution and the court, he is autocratic, not unconstitutional. Choudhry mentions President Trumps travel ban to expel Muslims as tyrannical. Should the government make another ban, will the court sue the government for breaking the constitution?  For more of Choudhry’s views, check

Democracy is at risk of losing its meaning if you elect mediocre in parliament. They will continue threatening the freedom of democracy.