Sujit Choudhry is a Paragon of Constitutional Law

A master in the field of constitutional law, Sujit Choudhry (http://blogs.law.nyu.edu/magazine/2011/introducing-sujit-choudhry/) has founded the Center for Constitutional Transitions. The aim of his organization is to create knowledge that can be used in constitution building. This is important work because there are many countries in the world that are ethnically divided and sometimes have violent conflicts as a result. The Center for Constitutional Transitions is actively researching the topics of security sector reform, dealing with territorial cleavages, protecting democratic consolidation and preventing authoritarian backslide. Sujit Choudhry is even a member of the United Nations Mediation Roster where he lends his advice on how to handle conflicts within countries in regards to their constitutions. At one point in time, he served at the United Nations Development Program and at the World Bank Institute.

 

There are very few people who are as well respected as Sujit Choudhry when it comes to constitutional law. He has in-depth knowledge gained by visiting and researching within many countries. He has served as an advisor in constitution building in countries such as Tunisia, Ukraine, Nepal, Libya, Jordan, Egypt, South Africa, Sri Lanka and more. He has focused attention on the development of tools that help in the transition from violent conflict to peaceful democracy. Decentralization, secession, official language policy, minority rights and security are specific topics that he has extensive knowledge on. Nations around the world are eager to depend on Sujit Choudhry for expertise.

 

In recent constitutional law news, the Supreme Court of the United States is considering a case involving racial gerrymandering. Last term, they upheld the consideration of race when it comes to college admissions. Now they must consider other race-based cases when it comes to the death penalty and deliberations by jury. Redistricting has become a racial issue that the court must now address too. In December, the court will hear expert counsel from judges in North Carolina and Virginia. The issue is that these states may have engaged in unconstitutional gerrymandering. They will weigh whether or not race was used to improperly apportion 12 state House of Delegates districts. This affects just 12 out of the total 100 districts within the state. This case is just one in a long line of battles that the court must consider in regards to redistricting and race. The court does not have much flexibility when it comes to hearing these cases. The same pattern of redistricting behavior has been seen all over the United States when Republicans have been in power.