When the Constitution comes to mind, most common founding fathers, presidents, and notable judges. What is often ignored and underrepresented are the academic professors that worked tirelessly to understand and interpret the decisions made by our country’s leadership. Even more so, we often do not recognize just how much goes into bringing Western constitutional ideals to the planet as a whole.
It is in this specific discipline that professors such as Sujit Choudhry shine the brightest and deserve the most recognition. Beyond his tenure as a professor of constitutional law at University of California Berkeley, he is internationally recognized for his advisory work all over the world. More to read on blogs.law.nyu.edu.
His advisory work plays a unique role, and ultimately serve to answer the question “How do you write a constitution for this specific group of people, with this specific cultural background?”
Sujit Choudhry was able to achieve these concert goals by facilitating public dialog with civil society groups and other stakeholders in each country that he worked. He understood that you simply cannot force a set of rules or constitutional guidelines as you see fit, without acceptance from the greater public this Constitution will not fully represent the will of the people that it is supposed to.
At the same time, a major component of his work has been to train bureaucrats and civil servants alike to administer a country under these new guidelines. This can be difficult to communicate without the right cultural frame of reference. Additional article on constitutionatransitions.org
These difficulties compound if this new constitution is being drafted as a result of a conflict. While the conflict or Civil War may be over at the time of drafting a new constitution, there will most certainly be individuals on each side of the ideological rift. It is important that both sides feel they’re recognized if the Constitution is to have any sort of long-term veracity. For added reference, click this.
A must-read article on thereisnoconsensus.com.
It’s only begun to scratch the surface of the advisory work and experience that
Sujit Choudhry is he able to provide for us. Thankfully, having author five different books on the subject we can get a better look at what it really takes to form Constitution for a brand new leadership and nation. More about the professor on sujitchoudhry.com.
Important article to read on http://www.law.nyu.edu/news/choudhry_award