Sujit Choudhry: Why Comparative Constitutional Law is Important for the US

A constitution is an important tool that binds a people of a country together. Questions constantly arise during the implementation of a constitution in a political environment. Professionals such as Sujit Choudhry, the Director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions, with a vast understanding of international political and legal systems are called upon to provide their insight on challenging constitutional matters. Recently, Lynn Fosse—the Senior Editor of CEOCFO Magazine—interviewed Choudhry. She sought Choudhry’s opinions on some issues including the role of the Center for Constitutional Transitions, emerging democracies, and his experiences from working for many nations.

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When asked the role of the Center for Constitutional Transitions, Choudhry answered that the center is a source of knowledge regarding constitutional building. The center in partnership with international experts, multilateral organizations, think tanks, and NGOs provide evidence –based policy options for consideration by decision makers and research institutions. He praises the center for having worked with over 25 countries and over 50 experts from those countries. One thing that Sujit Choudhry is proud of is the professional connections he created while working on projects involving international experts. He says that the professional networks he created are much alive today.  Keep abreast with his latest work, check on

As a citizen of the US and an advocate for the comparative constitutional law, he is of the opinion that the US will benefit her political and legal systems if she studies other democratic countries. He believes that the challenges facing liberal democratic constitutionalism in democratic countries are the same problems facing the US; she is no longer an exemption.

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Choudhry is a well-traveled professional. He pursued his higher education in three different nations: England, Canada, and the US. He is an immigrant in the US whose native home is India. When he graduated his work entailed a lot of traveling, and he believes that his globetrotting has influenced his professional success. Related article available on  He has met different people and worked well with them; he says the secret to working with people harmoniously is understanding their problems from their perspective. He encourages professionals like him to be flexible and use shortcomings to improve their approach to issues.  For his contact info, hit on

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