Sujit Choudhry: Building Precedent in Comparative Law

Comparative Law is the study of the differences and similarities between the laws of different nations. It studies the differences in legal systems which include common law, Canon Law, Jewish Law and Islamic Law. Comparative Law has become more significant in recent years due to the increase in economic globalization and the expansion of democracy. It is becoming more common for legislators to consider the affect that a new domestic law will have on a foreign country before drafting new legislation. In the United States, Sujit Choudhry, Law Professor at UC, Berkeley, is considered the authority on Comparative Law.

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Sujit Choudhry earned a B.A. in law from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. From there he would go on to earn his LL.B. from the University of Toronto and his LL.M. from Harvard Law School. It is important to point out that he has earned law degrees from 3 different countries. Since 1999, Choudhry has taught law at the University of Toronto and the New York University of Law. In 2014, he became the Dean of the University of California Berkeley’s School of Law.  Check

Sujit Choudhry has conducted extensive research on constitutional design for emerging democracies. His research is focused on using constitutional design to transition from violent conflict to democratic politics in ethnically divided countries. Choudhry has written several books on the topic. In 2006 he published The Migration of Constitutional Ideas and in 2008 he released Constitutional Design for Divided Societies.  Read more on

He has also published dozens of articles and working papers on the topic.

Sujit Choudhry’s research and publications have made him the authority on comparative constitutional law. This has created a great deal of demand for his advise. He has worked as an advisor in building constitutions for almost a dozen nations, including Jordan, South Africa and Tunisia. Choudhry is a member of the United Nations Mediation Roster and has been a consultant to the World Bank Institute. He is also the Founding Director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions. Choudhry’s field experience in concert with his research has been instrumental in building global democracy.  To read more, check his page

Sujit Choudhry’s experience has inspired him to write his latest book, Constitution Making. The book has contributions from several academic notables. It includes case studies that examine the complexities of making constitutions in the modern age. The book includes a study in the constitutional building process that occurred in South Africa, Spain and the countries that experienced the “Arab Spring”. Sujit Choudhry’s work is building a path of precedent in Comparative Law.  See

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