A roundtable workshop held at the WZB Berlin Social Science Centre on December 18, 2017, emphasized on the topic of understanding the pathways of authoritarian backsliding in Hungary and Poland. This workshop also aimed at understanding the possibilities for recovery and was led by Sujit Choudhry as well as Michael Meyer-Resende and Mattias Kumm. The roundtable workshop was intended to collect constitutional lawyers from affected countries as well as US and European legal experts.
As the founding director for the Center for Constitutional Transactions, Sujit Choudhry took the lead on discussing some crucial topics such as the possibility of returning these countries to constitutional democracy while keeping in mind that the present situation is not very encouraging. The discussions were conducted with various additional aims in mind such as ways and means to draw on past comparative experiences within the European Nations as well as others. The goal to create a secure network of experts in the affected countries, as well as the United States, was also established at this roundtable conference. The experts who attended this meeting discussed possibilities after analyzing the situation around these issues while attempting to develop both proposals and tools that can be used in the future by various experts and government organizations. Additional article on patch.com.
Sujit Choudhry, as well as the other attendees, hoped to address many time-critical concerns such as the investigation of the present situation along with causes of legal, political and constitutional affairs in countries including but not limited to Poland and Hungary. Seeking the exact causes, statutory and administrative mechanisms as well as potential possibilities authoritarian backsliding on a global scale was discussed in detail here.
As the I. Michael Heyman Professor of Law, Sujit Choudhry, is an internationally acclaimed expert on topics not limited to constitutional law and politics. He follows a meticulously designed process of combining a thoroughly researched agenda with detailed live experience in the field. He also has various accolades such as being an expert to the constitutional building process in countries such as Yemen, Egypt, Libya, Jordon and Sri Lanka. Read about his exemplary achievements, check on law.nyu.edu.
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As the founding director of the Center For Constitutional Transitions, he has worked with more than 50 experts from various geographical locations. Related article on constitutionaltransitions.org.