Sujit Choudhry

Sujit Choudhry

Cecelia Goetz Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions at NYU School of Law

Sujit Choudhry is the founder and Faculty Director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions at the NYU School of Law (Constitutional Transitions), the world’s first university-based center that generates and mobilizes knowledge in support of constitutional building.

Professor Choudhry is an internationally recognized authority on comparative constitutional law and comparative constitutional development. His work addresses basic methodological questions in comparative constitutional law. He has also written on constitutional design as a tool to manage the transition from violent conflict to peaceful democratic politics, especially in ethnically divided societies, and is currently studying constitutional design in the context of transitions from authoritarian to democratic rule. He has published over seventy articles, book chapters, working papers and reports. His edited collections include Constitutional Design for Divided Societies: Integration or Accommodation (Oxford, 2008) and The Migration of Constitutional Ideas (Cambridge, 2006). He is currently co-editing two collections, The Oxford Handbook of Indian Constitutional Law (Oxford) and Constitution Making (Edward Elgar). He sits on the Board of Editors of the International Journal of Constitutional Law, is a member of the Editorial Board of the Constitutional Court Review (South Africa), and is on the Board of Advisers for the Cambridge Studies in Constitutional Law. In 2010, he was one of four Canadians to receive the Trudeau Fellowship, the Canadian equivalent of the MacArthur awards.

Professor Choudhry is a member of the United Nations Mediation Roster, has been a consultant to the World Bank Institute at the World Bank, has worked as a foreign constitutional expert in support of constitutional transitions in Egypt, Jordan, Libya and Tunisia (with the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance), Nepal (with the United Nations Development Program and the Nepal Bar Association), and Sri Lanka (with the Forum of Federations and the Center for Policy Alternatives). In Canada, Professor Choudhry was a member of the Governing Toronto Advisory Panel, which proposed major reforms to the structure of municipal government in Toronto, and sat on the Board of Directors of Legal Aid Ontario, one of the largest publicly funded legal assistance programs in the world. He was counsel of record before the Supreme Court of Canada in Charkaoui (security certificates), and in Khadr 1 and Khadr 2 (Guantanamo detainees). He was named Practitioner of the Year by the South Asian Bar Association of Toronto in 2011.

Professor Choudhry holds law degrees from Oxford, Toronto, and Harvard, was a Rhodes Scholar, served as law clerk to Chief Justice Antonio Lamer of the Supreme Court of Canada, and was a Graduate Fellow at the Harvard University Center for Ethics and the Professions.

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