Sujit Choudhry’s Journey to Founding Centre for Constitutional Transitions

In an interview with CEOCFO Magazine, Sujit Choudhry, the Founding Director of Centre for Constitutional Transitions, talked about how his company came to and what it does.

The journey to founding the organization

For quite many years, Mr. Choudhry has been a constitutional advisor to many emerging democracies all over the world. His duties were revolving around writing new and amending existing constitutions. He noticed the gap in the sector where issues arise due to outdated, incomplete or even non-existent knowledge. He says his organization came in to fill this gap.

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His team has worked with more than fifty experts from twenty-five countries. They mobilize and generate information to support constitution building. Their network of experts come up with evidence-based policy options which decision-makers require.

How his immigrant background contributed to his success

Sujit Choudhry is an immigrant who holds law degrees from three countries. His experiences in navigating through different legal and political environment enabled him to acquire skills which were key to the success of his professional achievements. He holds law degrees from the University of Toronto, Oxford and Harvard.

On his challenges and rewards working with people of different cultures

Sujit Choudhry says he learned to listen and to be responsive to people as they are the ones who understand what is going on hence they know what they need. One is therefore able to immerse himself in a new environment and look at things from a different perspective.

His vision and approach to issues also changed. He learned to use every setback as a stepping stone to the drawing board. More often, he comes up with a better solution. He believes constant reinvention is key to success.

This fall, his organization plans to complete three large research projects as well as launching knowledge products.

About Sujit Choudhry

Sujit Choudhry is a professor and serves in the dean of Berkeley School of Law, University of California. He is an acclaimed international expert on comparative constitutional law and politics. His research address numerous issues in law and politics. He has published over ninety articles, reports, and book chapters. Related article on

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