Sujit Choudhry is the director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions, an organization he founded in 2012. His organization generates knowledge about constitution building that is shared with people making decisions about new constitutions or modifying an existing one. He is also a constitutional advisor for International IDEA.
Along with George Anderson, Sujit Choudhry recently released a new book. This is “Territory and Power in Constitutional Transitions”. This book is a collection of essays about constitution-making processes and design. It keys in on how these are impacted by territorial disagreements. The contents of this book are especially relevant in nations that are currently experiencing conflicts over territory including Myanmar, Yemen, and Libya.
There are 17 case studies in this book. Each one is about a different nation that is undergoing constitutional issues involving territorial disputes. Included are nations that have two distinct communities, are highly diverse, or have areas that are mainly made up of a minority population. The nations covered in this book include Sri Lanka, Iraq, Cyprus, Ukraine, Nepal, Spain, and Nigeria.
Sujit Choudhry and George Anderson offer policy recommendations based on a pragmatic view of territorial and political complexities. The final chapter draws conclusions from the preceding chapters and relates these to existing constitutional research.
“Territory and Power in Constitutional Transitions” has a companion policy paper that offers additional insights and advice about how territorial claims impact constitutional design and processes. It’s an essential book for scholar and federalism and constitutional advisers.
This book was released on May 9, 2019. It can be purchased on Amazon in both hardcover and Kindle versions. It was praised by Nicholas Haysom is was once the United Nations envoy to Sudan, Somalia, and Afghanistan. He said that Sujit Choudhry and George Anderson’s book is an invaluable contribution to the process of crafting a constitution.