Sujit Choudhry the Law Guru

Sujit Choudhry is a respected authority in comparative law. He is a law professor with vast experience in constitutional matters. He has advised many nations on constitutional matters including but not limited to Nepal, Ukraine, South Africa, Libya, Tunisia and Jordan. These countries, in a bit to write their own constitutions or revise current versions, have relied on the knowledge and experience of Sujit.


The research by Sujit speaks to the various issues in comparative law: especially constitutional law. In his work he has dealt in detail with constitutional designs as used in the management of transitions from chaos to peaceful and democratic coexistence. He has also lent his voice to constitutional designs in cases of polarized ethnic communities. In societies where the various ethnic communities cannot live peacefully, he has come up with a constitutional design to address the situation and bring back sanity and brotherliness.


Constitutional designs in cases of federalism, cessation cases, constitutional courts, minority rights and those of groups have also been highlighted in Sujit’s work. Not left behind is the bill of rights, and the decentralization design. Professor Sujit also has something to say about constitutional designs in cases of another kind of transition: from dictatorship to democracy. He also lends his voice to areas such as constitutional building, and proportionality.




Sujit has published a lot of literature in law. The many published material, which has also been edited by colleagues and people in his field include: The migration of Constitutional Ideas, The Oxford Handbook of the Indian Constitution, Constitutional Design for Divided Societies: Integration or Accommodation and Constitution Making (forthcoming).




Professor Sujit Choudhry is respected in legal circles and hence he sits in many boards and committees. His membership includes the executive committee at International Society of Public Law and The Journal of Constitutional Law, as an editor. He is also on the Constitutional Court Review editorial board. Still, he is on the Cambridge Studies in Constitutional Law advisory board.


Comparative Law


Sujit’s specialization in comparative law enables him to be a change agent in many constitutional dispensations that are wanting and oppressive. This study of foreign and different legal systems has enabled him a vast understanding of manifold cultures and the complexity this brings to the constitution. The study by Sujit is important especially in this age of global agendas, global challenges and global integration. It is this knowledge and practice that helps in integrating communities and creating harmony especially among people of different cultures.