The Man Behind Contemporary Constitutional Law Design

In today’s society, we are surrounded by various ethnicity and languages, religions and cultures, preferences and beliefs. In order to embrace these differences and live hand in hand together peacefully, we must challenge our constitutional law to encourage democracy and social justice for all. The design of this law must be mindful to these differences. But how exactly should we be mindful?


This question is one of the major discussions in the book “Constitutional Design for Divided Societies: Integration or Accommodation?” written by Sujit Choudhry. In the book, he mentions two main points of views that exist within the law community as an answer to this question. One of them accommodates and empowers differences by recognizing the people’s rights, which leads to the formation of multinational federalism and other forms of minority rights, such as the right to receive minority language and religious education. The other point of view feels that these practices will further aggravate the division amongst the people, and suggested a different approach such as designing bills of rights under judicial review that protects universal human rights. This provocative debate is scrutinized extensively in the book, which also includes a number of case studies.  Check this on


The author, Sujit Choudhry, is an internationally renowned expert in comparative constitutional law and its design. He started off as a law clerk for the Canadian Supreme Court before making his mark in the academic world. He then went on and became a Professor of Law at New York University and University of Toronto, Canada, before finally joining forces with University of California, Berkeley’s Law department. He also acted as a consultant for the World Bank.


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Professor Sujit Choudhry has published more than ninety articles, books, and reports. Currently, he is one of the editors for International Journal of Constitutional Law and the Constitutional Court Review, and advises for Cambridge Studies in Constitutional Law.  Sujit Choudhry’s other achievements include founding and directing the Center for Constitutional Transitions, where they work together globally with other organizations and think tanks, NGOs, and universities in order to complete thematic research projects that offer evidence-based policy options to law practitioners.


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