Sujit Choudhry Joins Ukrainian Consortium on Presidential Powers and Constitutional Issues
Converging to discuss the governmental challenges and concerns facing Ukraine’s semi-presidential government that have resulted from over concentration of power in the presidential office, uncertainties between the responsibilities of the prime minister and the president, the electoral system for the country’s legislative branch and lack of effective political party pluralism, leading researchers, democracy promoting agencies and internal members of the Ukrainian system met this past July in Kiev, Ukraine.
Sujit Choudhry of the Center for Constitutional Transitions joined the round table forum to provide input and assistance with the panel’s collaboration efforts to work towards solutions to these issues.
Founder and Director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions Sujit Choudhry’s active involvement in drafting constitutions around the world have included advisory and speaking roles in more than 2 dozen countries. Additionally, his collection of academic contributions, “Constitution Making” was released just prior to the consortium in Ukraine.
Ukraine’s Center of Policy and Legal Reform along with the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance served as the domestic and intergovernmental hosts for the discussion panel.
Also participating in the workshop were Dalarna University’s Thomas Sidelius and Sumit Bisarya of International IDEA, Sergyi Holovatyi on behalf of the Constitutional Commission of Ukraine, Ukraine’s Vladimir Vasilenko from the UN Human Rights Council and representatives from the Supreme Council 1996, Centre for Policy and Legal Reforms as well as a former advisor to Ukraine’s president.
Discussing the workshop, Choudhry stated that it was a privilege to be part of the efforts with the experts in constitution drafting and other leading researchers as part of the discussions on the powers of the country’s executive branch. Check patch.com.
Choudhry’s own Center for Constitutional Transition assembles and utilizes constitution construction knowledge through combining and promoting panels of global experts with the goal of creating policy frameworks for government stakeholders and those with decision making authority.
Sujit Choudhry and the Center for Constitutional Transition
The Center for Constitutional Transitions was founded in 2012 with the goal of assisting in the spreading of democracy and constructing constitutions worldwide by Sujit Choudhry. More to read on constitutionaltransitions.org.
Constitutional Advisor and Expert Sujit Choudhry is the I. Michel Heyman Professor of Law at UC Berkeley, Berkeley School of Law. Choudhry has served as the Law Clerk to Chief Justice Antonio Lamer of the Canadian Supreme Court. Related article on blogs.law.nyu.edu.
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