Sujit Choudhry, who was born in New Delhi, India, became the first person from that country to be named as the dean of the University of California’s Berkeley School of Law, which is considered to be one of America’s top law universities. He held the dean position at Berkeley from 2014 to 2016, then later went on to become a law professor at the school. He received his legal training at the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar and earned a BA degree. He also received law degrees from the University of Toronto and Harvard Law School. Related article on blogs.law.nyu.edu.
Because of all of his years and experience in the field of Constitutional Law, Choudhry was asked to join other law experts at a conference in Kiev, Ukraine in July of 2017 to discuss the challenges in that country’s governing system. He gave his opinion and advice on the current situation there by stating that in order for the political system in Kiev to achieve stability, the leaders would have to collect and discuss options based on policy, because this will support the process of constitutional reform. He said that he felt the political parties in the country were weak, and that more democracy was needed there. After the discussion was over, he expressed how much of a privilege it was for him to have been able to talk about these issues with all the other law experts.
Sujit Choudhry also serves as a legal advisor to his native country of India, as well as to other countries, such as Libya, Egypt, South Africa and Sri Lanka, and he has had a number of articles, papers, reports and books published, some of which are, Constitutional Making and Migration of Constitutional Ideas (constitutionaltransitions.org). Due to his vast knowledge and work in the area of comparative constitutional law, he has won various awards, like the Practitioner of the Year Award, which was presented to him by the South Asian Bar Association in 2011 (law.nyu.edu). In addition to his teaching duties at UC Berkeley’s School of Law, he is also the Director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions.