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
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Anyone interested in politics and the world of constitutional law could learn a great deal from Sujit Choudhry, one of the field’s leading experts (blogs.law.nyu.edu). He has produced a number of published pieces based on his extensive experience dealing with such topics on a real-world scale and he lectures on the subjects at Berkeley. One of the more recent pieces he has produced deals with constitutional democracies and a growing issue with them that is appearing all over the world
The piece by Choudhry starts off with a discussion of the special counsel for the Russia investigation. He brings up the subject through a reference to a tweet by once-Attorney General Eric Holder (works.bepress.com) . The tweet in question references what should happen if Trump were to fire Robert Mueller, a move that many have claimed would be far overreaching the powers of the presidency and that may even constitute obstruction of justice. Much like how the public would react if a president tried to circumvent term limits so they could remain in power, Choudhry believes the firing of Robert Mueller represents a red line that the Trump administration shouldn’t want to cross.
The situation, according to the professor, is similar to what has been happening in Poland since 2015. In that year, the nation elected a nationalist party to control a majority of the state legislature, and the party has used their newly found power to alter Poland’s constitution to make it easier for their party to remain in power unchecked and unopposed
If this right-wing party in Poland is able to make such sweeping changes in under a year using completely legal methods based on the existing democratic infrastructure of the nation, it should certainly worry members of other nations that could go the same way. Sujit Choudhry sees how the similarities in the Trump administration and that Polish nationalist party could lead to a similar outcome.
The main point of Choudhry’s analysis of the world’s political climate as it relates to constitutional democracy is that the most effective democratic systems must be monitored closely so that they remain pure and untainted by those who would use the democratic process to install a system of government that is wholly undemocratic.
Connect with Choudhry at https://www.linkedin.com/in/sujit-choudhry
Sujit Choudhry is the world traveled expert on constitutional law and politics. His expertise has resulted in him lecturing in over two dozen countries. Choudhry is the current Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. His expertise is recognized by not only his students but by some of the top officials for countries all over the world.
Sujit Choudhry is the founder of The Center for Constitutional Transitions. Choudhry says he decided to create the company after he worked with countless emerging democracies all over the world as a constitutional adviser. The company connects experts from across the globe to provide advice and policy options to people in position to make decisions. The Center for Constitutional Transitions has worked in over 25 countries by providing the leaders with the knowledge needed to make well educated decisions.
Choudhry says the biggest obstacle with working in so many diverse locations is familiarizing yourself with the area and immersing yourself in the environment. Seeing things from the point of view of the citizens of a nation you are assisting is both a vital and difficult objective (patch.com).
In the Fall of 2017, Choudhry and his company completed research projects with the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance. The goal of the research was to create ways to protect the Democratic process from partisan abuse and authoritarian presence.
“We need a new organization,” Choudhry began. “[One that] organizes and hosts the most important constitutional case-law from around the world.” Choudhry believes this would be a historic change in the way democracy works. Whether he believes the UN is a broken organization or if he believes the UN should create a court-room for such proceedings is unknown. It is hard to argue that having such an organization to focus only on international law would be incredibly innovative for democracy.
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