According to Sujit Choudhry, a global constitutional process advisor, Ukraine’s democratization has been unstable. Choudhry cites various factors for the instability including the concentration of power in the office of the president, the legislature electoral system, and political parties that have failed to play their roles. The expert shared his sentiments on July 10, 2017, when he was a guest in a workshop held in the country’s capital. The workshop, attended by other experts, was organized by International Institute for Democracy and Electorate Assistance, Center for Policy and Legal Reforms, and well-wishing non-governmental organization (NGO’s) among other like-minded groups. Additional reading on positivethefacts.com.
Some of the guests in the workshop included Thomas Sidelius, Sumit Bisarya, Vladimir Vasilenko, Sergyi Holovatyi, Viktor Musiaka, and Ihor Koliushko. The six represent Dalarna University, International IDEA, Ukraine’s Human Rights, Constitutional Commission of Ukraine, Supreme Court, and Center for Policy and Legal Reform respectively. One thing stands out about the mentioned individuals: they are well versed in constitutional matters. For added reference, check on papers.ssrn.com.
Sujit Choudhry noted that transitional democracies (of which Ukraine is a part) are largely getting involved in constitutional making decisions. Choudhry emphasized the need for constitutional experts leading the reforms process to consider policy based options when spearheading change.
Sujit Choudhry is also the Director of the Center of Constitutional Transitions; a body tasked with generating and mobilizing knowledge regarding constitution making. To this end, the center assembles and leads an international network of experts capable of developing evidence-based policy options. The policy options are meant for decision makers and agenda-setting research. The center incorporates input from think tanks, NGOs, and a global network of multilateral bodies. So far, the center has managed to assist countries in solving problems touching on their constitutions, security, and democracy. More to read here.
Sujit Choudhry is an alumnus of the University of Oxford and Harvard school of law where he earned a bachelor’s degree in law and masters in law respectively. He is presently the I. Michael Heyman Professor of Law at the University of California. He also doubles up as a dean in the same institution. Choudhry is an author who has written numerous papers, journals, articles, reports, and even books. He recently won an award from the Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship. Click on law.nyu.edu for related article.