Essays on Constitutional Matters Feature International Legal Expert Sujit Choudhry

A series of essays that outline how territorial disagreements can affect a nation’s constitutional design are now available for downloading from the internet. Entitled “Territory and Power in Constitutional Transitions,” the essays were edited and released by Sujit Choudhry and George Anderson, both experts on Canadian and international affairs.

Included in the volume are 17 case studies from nations that have undergone dramatic internal changes, including Iraq, Nepal, Nigeria and Spain. These essays review periods of change in regions of the world and how political “cleavages,” or differences, represent challenges that can determine the political outcome of a nation. In addition to reviewing case studies, the essays offer conclusions that could be helpful in understanding current conflicts in such countries as Libya and Yemen.

Choudhry and Anderson have also written an accompanying paper, listed under the same title, which further examines how territorial claims affect the constitutional process. Anderson is a former deputy minister for the Canadian government and is a fellow at the Center for Democracy and Diversity at Queen’s University. Choudhry is a constitutional lawyer and scholar who has been recognized throughout the world.

Born in India in 1970, Choudhry has received law degrees in three countries, including the United States. Founder of the Center for Constitutional Transitions at the University of California, Berkley, he has also served as the dean of the UC Berkley School of Law. The author of more than 100 articles and reports, he has over a period of more than two decades lectured in 30 countries, offering his expertise in government affairs. In terms of personal honors, Choudhry was in 2011 named Practitioner of the Year by the South Asian Bar Association of Toronto and, only four years later, received the Trailblazer Award from both the Northern and the Southern California divisions of the South Asian Bar Associations.

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