Comparative law refers to a study that compares legal systems by looking at their similarities and differences. The comparison derived from comparative law helps one understand the different legal cultures in different jurisdictions. Comparative law is essential in understanding the legal systems of foreign nations. In the era of globalization, and the use of both private and public law, comparative law is important in the unification and harmonization of laws. It contributes to international cooperation. Legislators rely on foreign law when enacting new legislation and in many countries; courts arrive at rulings based on the precedence set in foreign courts, or the laws of foreign nations.
About Sujit Choudhry
Choudhry grew up in New Delhi in the year 1970. He graduated from the University of Toronto Schools, before pursuing biological studies at McGill University. Later, at the University of Oxford he got his B.A. in law, at the University of Toronto he got his LL.B. He later went to Harvard Law School for his LL.M.
Sujit Choudhry is a popular authority in comparative law. Choudhry has used his expertise in comparative law to help many nations draft laws that reflect their society. Choudhry has contributed to constitutional building in Tunisia, South Africa, Ukraine, Libya, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Research by Choudhry covers different areas in comparative law such as decentralization, federalism, constitutional courts, management of transitions from violent to democratic politics, designing constitutions for communities that are divided ethnically, and constitutions for states that transition from authoritarianism to democratic rule.
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Many of Professor Choudhry’s publications talk about constitutional law in Canada. Sujit Choudhry has written over ninety books, articles, reports, and papers addressing constitutional law. Some of the popular collections by Choudhry are: Constitutional Design for Divided Societies, Oxford’s Handbook of the Indian Constitution, and Migration of Constitutional Ideas. Towards the end of 2016, Choudhry released a new book, Constitution Making. This new edition provides examples of different constitution-making scenarios and their results. The book covers a series of constitution-making choices by struggling democracies in South Africa, Arab Springs, and Spain. The book also reiterates that even stable countries such as Chile, require new constitutions that are free from their agonizing past.
Sujit Choudhry’s Professional Profile
Choudhry is a member of many committees including the International Journal of Constitutional Law, and the International Society of Public Law. He is on the board of directors at the Centre for Constitutional Transitions.
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