Sujit Choudhry is a renowned expert on constitutional law. He often shares his thoughts on subjects that range from basic politics to international affairs. He has assisted countries all over the world on policy and legislation. He is also the I. Michael Heyman Professor of Law at Berkeley’s School of Law. His career has enabled him to explore the world. He has visited countries such as Libya, Nepal, South Africa, and Yemen during his time assisting and advising.
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Sujit Choudhry recently shared his thoughts in a book in which he was given an entire chapter to talk about a tweet by the former Attorney General of the United States. Eric Holder, the former AG for Barack Obama sent out the tweet in question in December of 2017.
In the tweet itself, Eric Holder announced that it would likely be the American people to decide if Donald Trump had the power to terminate Robert Mueller, the special counsel that is currently investigating whether Donald Trump’s campaign was involved in the Russian efforts to undermine America’s democratic process. Eric Holder said that if anything happens, the presence or lack of presence of peaceful protest will determine the future of the country.
The tweet read, “ABSOLUTE RED LINE: the firing of Bob Mueller of crippling the special counsel’s office.” It in unclear what exactly Holder means by red line, but that is exactly what Sujit Choudhry tried to explain in his recent chapter.
Choudhry says that Holder’s three capitalized words could come from two different trains of thought. One is simply a figurative red line, something that doesn’t hold to the standards of the constitution. The other possibility is a red line that the citizens of the United States won’t stand for. If the latter is true, if Donald Trump fires Robert Mueller, we could see polarizing reactions all over the United States.
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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 (medium.com). 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” (works.bepress.com). 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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If you or someone you know truly has an interested in learning how to change the world, then there is a particular individual whose advice should be heard. His name is Sujit Choudhry and he is the founding director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions, with the website constitutionaltransitions.org behind him. The service he is organization provides is one of expertise and extreme intellect.
The center cultivates and galvanizes knowledge bases that assist in the building of constitutions. It does so through gathering and supporting international networks of authorities on the subject (chronicleweek.com). They bring evidence-base policy plans to those who are in positions of power or a place to set agendas. As a track record, the center for constitutional transition has more than 50 experts in its repertoire, and this is in more than 25 countries.
Making worldwide changes like this is what Sujit Choudhry does. Perhaps, one of the most important roles he plays within the organization is as a finder of funds. How he finds himself in this position is most intriguing. In his experience, he knows what it is to advise emerging democracies across the globe. And in this experience, he knows that one of the largest obstacles to overcome in the field is the lack of resources when it comes to research.
There seems to be a need for substance when it comes to the body of knowledge on the subject constitutional law, and his Center is designed supplement this shortcoming. That is to say the services this center provides is just as much philanthropic as it is involved in politics. And in providing this blend of services, Sujit Choudhry has learned one important lesson that applies to many projects.
His advice is to not let perfection get in the way of doing good. Any setback can be used as an opportunity to learn and start over to create something better. His personal experience as a immigrant through several countries holding a law degree makes him keenly aware of the value in this truth. In his case, law degrees from Oxford, Toronto and Harvard are the tools in use to achieve personal and professional success. Refer to blogs.law.nyu.edu for more about the professor.
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