Recent Collections of Global Conflict, Power, and Territory

“Territory and Power in Constitutional Transitions includes a collection of 17 case study essays that details certain countries that are undergoing territorial disagreements regarding constitutional engagement in a variety of contexts. This collection is relevant to many current conflicts all over the world, including those that are most well-known.

These case studies were released by George Anderson and Sujit Choudry. They have also released a companion policy paper under the same name that helps provide insight into constitutional design and territorial claims. They provide advice in this paper with hopes that it will be useful to the advisers involved in these conflicting situations.

Sujit Choudry is a Rhodes Scholar and also has law degrees from Oxford, Toronto, and Harvard. This constitutional lawyer is also Founding Director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions, which supports constitution building by starting and leading networks of experts all over the globe to complete evidenced research projects about policy options for practitioners. Professor Choudry is also a member of the United Nations Mediation Roster and has advised on government and constitution building in many countries for a long time.

George Anderson has been a deputy minister for Canada and has also been a CEO of the Forum of Federations. He has consulted all over the globe, including being a member of the Sandby Team of Experts in the United Nations Department of Political Affairs and at the Centre for Democracy and Diversity at Queen’s University and lecturing in over 24 countries.

The original collection of essays is meant be to a realistic view on the policy recommendations involved in these complex territorial and constitutional cleavages. In the conclusion of this volume, the authors use information from the original conclusions of existing research in constitutional transitions and the like. These case studies are something every scholar of federalism, power-sharing, and devolution must read. They have a broad analysis that would be very important to advisers and consultants.

The “Territory and Power in Constitutional Transitions” volume has been on sale on Amazon since May 9th and the companion policy paper can be downloaded at any time.

Find out more here http://constitutionaltransitions.com/director-sujit-choudhry/

To Disintegrate Democracy Or Not, That Is The Question

Professor Sujit Choudhry is a world-renowned scholar in comparative constitutional law and politics. He has published some four books and over 90 articles, book chapters, working papers, and reports (works.bepress.com). Choudhry also has spoken in dozens of countries around the world and has contributed to the reconstruction of several state constitutions in countries like Egypt, Jordan, and Libya to name a few.

He earned law degrees from the University of Oxford, University of Toronto, and Harvard Law School. Sujit Choudhry is I. Michael Heyman Professor at Berkeley-School of Law and among his achievements, was previously the Cecelia Goetz Professor of Law at New York University. He also currently a director at the Center for Constitutional Transitions. Sujit Choudhry offers years of vast experience overall.

As of recent, he has published a chapter from a book he plans to release called Constitutional Democracies in Crisis? The main topic concerning a tweet posted by Eric Holder, Attorney General under former President Barack Obama, where Choudhry calls out his use of the term “red line.” In addition to Holder’s notion of leaving decisions like this up to the American democracy as a “constitutional self-enforcement, built around the concept of a focal point”.

Should Meulller’s termination be left to the people?

Holder’s argument doesn’t provide any legal reason as to why this should be the case. Constitutions, in essence, are meant to serve this purpose by defining behaviors of public authorities. In any case, there are also no guidelines in place for courts to turn decisions like this over to the people. In comparison, this would be akin to an autocrat who wanted to stay in office longer than two terms. Constitutionally, there are no grounds for this, and therefore, to turn a decision like this over to the people would completely break the democratic institution.

Choudhry goes on to write that this would mean the democracy has failed and would result in a collapse of the republic. By ignoring the constitutional rule, it would be akin to a self-coup or even a coup d’etat because there isn’t any electoral legitimacy.

Keep up with Choudhry’s tweet, follow him at https://twitter.com/sujit_choudhry