Sujit Choudhry’s View On The Importance Of Studying Comparative Law

Since the 18th century, different world scholars have practiced comparative law. However, until the advent of the age of digitization and economic globalization, little emphasis has been paid on the discipline. But this hasn’t rendered the world short of comparative law activists including the globally renowned Sujit Choudhry. The recent globalization has sparked interest in the world on comparative law as different countries and scholars seek to compare their various legal systems in the name of similarities and differences between laws of different countries.


As more and more nations develop more intimate relations at the political, economic, and social levels, there arises the need to understand one another’s rule of the land. This desire to understand one another’s system of government, therefore, gives rise to the need for comparative law studies. Additionally, through comparative law international organizations such as the United Nations, the Commonwealth or Amnesty International are able to identify loopholes in the system of governance in different countries that expose their citizenry to exploitative governance and champion their amendments.


Through comparative law, several nations have also come to appreciate the areas of weakness in their constitutions and called for amendments. In some cases, comparative law studies have led to total constitutional reviews and changes as well as the democratization of previously non-democratic countries as they seek better governance for their countrymen.


About Sujit Choudhry

Sujit is the Dean of Berkeley Law and professor of law at I. Michael Heyman. He is also the founder and director of the center for constitutional transitions, the world’s first university-based center that mobilizes supports constitution building. Before joining Berkeley Law School, Sujit taught at The New York University School of Law as well as at the Toronto University. Sujit’s dedication to research and championing of comparative law has earned him international recognition as a leading constitutional development authority.


In the course of his long-spanning career, Sujit has published over 90 scholarly articles, book chapters and reports on various niches of comparative law including management and transition from violent conflict to peaceful democratic policies as well as security sector oversight and constitution building. He has also contributed extensively to the Canadian law in addition to actively participating in the constitutional building process in eight countries including South Africa, Egypt, and Ukraine. Professor Sujit also stands counted as a member of the U.N Mediation Roster. Additionally, Sujit serves a key consultant on law policies to the United Nations Development Program as well as the World Bank Institute.

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