Sujit Choudhry’s Insightful Take on the State of Democracy
Sujit Choudhry is a renowned comparative law scholar with vast experience as a mediator and constitutional-based conflict resolution. In the face of growing controversies surrounding the special counsel Robert Muller’s investigations into Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections, he has sought to weigh in on the issue with insightful commentary on a chapter of his upcoming book. While referencing Eric Holder’s assertion in a tweet that interference with or termination of Muller’s mandate without the involvement of the masses would amount to the crossing of a constitutional red line, Sujit Choudhry gives various examples of modern-day threats to constitutional democracy. This has led to the creation of illegitimate and defective democracies and authoritarian regimes globally, visit (Twitter.com).
Drawing from his vast experience, Sujit Choudhry points that coup d’états and self-coups marked by ignoring term limits by sitting presidents are threats to constitutional democracy in the modern era. The latter, which amounts to autocracy, is achieved through suspended presidential elections, the pronouncement of state of emergencies and dissolution of legislative bodies. Self-coups are also executed through deliberate electoral fraud disguised as legitimate democratic processes. Giving the example of Poland, Sujit Choudhry notes that ruling and dominant parties can hide their ulterior motives in technical and housekeeping procedures by undemocratically amending the constitution to favour their political ideologies and causes. The populist party, Law, and Justice Party has introduced right-wing ideologies into Poland’s constitution by circumventing the authority of democratic laws and institutions such as the vice presidency.
Sujit Choudhry is an international mediator who has played a vital role in bringing peace in many countries across the globe including Libya, South Africa, Jordan, Yemen and Ukraine among others through his advisory role on constitutional construction, refer to (Instagram.com). His in-depth scholarly and field experience on conflict resolution, constitutional research, and comparative law has seen him work for United Nations and the World Bank in various capacities including constitutional advisory and construction and conflict arbitration and mediation, additional information on crunchbase.com.
Through the Center for Constitutional Transitions where he currently serves as the director, Sujit Choudhry is dedicated to knowledge-based constitution construction through research. The center brings together global experts on constitution and law while involving other learning instructions, think tanks and non-governmental organizations. Sujit Choudhry serves on several constitutional-related boards and committees and has authored several books and articles, visit http://constitutionaltransitions.org/director/#Choudhry.