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/

 Sujit Choudhry Takes A Look At Replacement Of A Senator

Sujit Choudhry; a renowned constitutional lawyer, recently went ahead to debunk the constitutional provisions that surround the replacement of a senator. This came in the wake of the sudden death of Senator John McCain who succumbed to brain cancer. Sujit says as much as it may be important to talk about his legacy, it is equally vital that we look at the constitutional provisions regarding the mechanisms of his replacement.

In his bid to look at the processes relating to the replacement of a senator who resigns, dies or is elected as president, Sujit makes reference to the Seventeenth Amendment. This amendment states that the governor of the state whose senator has died, resigned or elected president ought to appoint an acting senator until a time when an election takes place. However, this amendment is quite flexible and can be applied in several ways.

It would, however, be noted that this provision also works differently based on the states involved. Arizona, for instance, is one of the 36 states that allow the appointed senators to run for the seat in the next general election but can also step down in cases where the appointment was temporary. For the other 14 states, however, a special election has to be called. Notably, 4 states forbid the governor from making an appointment until the next general election is done.

Sujit Choudhry is an internationally recognized law guru who has been involved in the constitutional development of several countries. He holds a law degree from Toronto, Oxford and Havard. He has previously served as a law clerk for the supreme court of Canada’s Chief Justice, Antonio Lamer.

Professor Choudhry’s research focuses on a variety of issues especially in the field of comparative constitutional law and politics. He has mastered constitutional design as a tool that can help manage the transition from the state of violent conflict to a peaceful democratic process.

In the course of his research, Sujit Choudhry has managed to publish well over ninety articles, working papers, book chapters and reports. He currently serves as the director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions that offers evidence-based policy options.

Read more about Choudhry here https://ca.linkedin.com/in/sujit-choudhry

Sujit Choudhry Comments on Eric Holder Tweet in New Book

Sujit Choudhry was recently featured in a new book. In the book he discusses his thoughts on a tweet from Eric Holder near the end of 2017. The book is called Constitutional Democracies in Crisis?

Eric Holder is the former Attorney General under the Obama administration. The tweet from December was all about Donald Trump and Robert Mueller. Eric Holder suggested that if the White House fired Robert Mueller from his position as special council, the American citizens would ultimately be the ones to decide if it the decision would stand or not. Eric Holder describes the scenario as an absolute red line. It is unknown if he means it is a red line to the justice system or if it is a red line that citizens will not stand for.

Choudhry discusses all possible meanings at length in his chapter in Constitutional Democracies in Crisis.

If the American public does not protest if Donald Trump somehow fires Robert Mueller, it means the American population has decided it is okay for politicians to abuse their position. If the outrage is too high after such a controversial action then it could be the end of Trump.

Sujit goes into further detail in the new book.

Choudhry explains that Holder’s message is formed from a background in “constitutional self-enforcement “and are “built around the concept of a focal point”, (medium.com).  However, Choudhry points out the peculiar fact that Holder doesn’t make any mention of the legal repercussions of firing special council Mueller. The fact is peculiar for the simple reason that Eric Holder was at once point in time the head law enforcement agent in the entire United States. The FBI, CIA, and NSA all answered to Holder during his time as Attorney General.

About Sujit Choudhry

Sujit Choudhry is a law professor and an expert in politics and constitutional law. His expertise has enabled him to travel the world during international lectures. Refer to blogs.law.nyu.edu for more about Choudhry.

Choudhry, as a constitutional adviser and other positions, works for the Center for Constitutional Transitions, World Bank Institute at the World Bank, the United Nations Development Program and the United Nations Mediation Roster.

Connect with Choudhry at https://www.linkedin.com/in/sujit-choudhry