Sujit Choudhry’s Joint Efforts in Creating a Democratic Ukrainian ConstitutionSujit Choudhry’s Joint Efforts in Creating a Democratic Ukrainian Constitution

Assisting the government of Ukraine with transitioning to a stable democracy, with separation of and balance of powers, the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) working with the Center for Policy and Legal Reform met earlier this month to work through the drafting and creation of a modern, western-styled constitution.

The subject of constitution creation brings to mind renown legal expert, Sujit Choudhry, founder of the Center for Constitutional Transition, former clerk to Chief Justice Antonio Lamer of the Canadian Supreme Court and is the I. Michael Heyman Professor of Law at University of California, Berkeley School of Law.  Check

Choudhry along with Viktor Musiaka, a representative of the Supreme Council of 1996, Sumit Bisarya, Constitution Building Programme Manager of International IDEA and Sergyi Holovatyi representing the Constitutional Commission of Ukraine convened with the Center for Policy and Legal Reform to sort matters related to Ukraine’s political instabilities and push forward with constructing a democratic constitution.

The collapse of Soviet communism more than 20 years ago left power vacuums and regional political instabilities that persist to this day. The high concentration of powers in the executive branch gives the Ukraine’s government the appearance of a dictatorship more than anything westerners would recognize as a modern democracy.

The high plurality of political parties results in all of them being ineffective, exacerbating the inequities already stemming from the imbalances between the government powers. Deficiencies in the electoral system creates barriers to the legislature’s effectiveness in elections.

The issues discussed by the consortium included separation of powers, especially in those problematic areas stemming from the overlaps of authority and duties caused by a lack of role clarity between the President and the Prime Minister, increasing the strength of the legislative branch and most challenging, placing limits on the current levels of Presidential authority.  Check Sujit’s point of view on certain issue in our society, click

The group is expected to reconvene and continue their progress in the near future.  Related article to read here.

Sujit Choudhry

Founder of the Center for Constitutional Transition, Sujit Choudhry has been instrumental in the formation and democratic reconstruction of the constitutions in over 25 countries.

Sujit Choudhry began his legal career working as clerk to the Chief Justice of Canada’s Supreme Court. Choudhry possesses law degrees from The Faculty of Law, Oxford and the University of Toronto, Faculty of law and an advanced law degree from Harvard University’s School of Law.  For Sujit’s contact info, hit on

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