BERKELEY, Calif., July 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Sujit Choudhry, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law professor and Director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions, joined top constitutional experts in Kiev, Ukraine on July 10th to discuss the semi-presidential system of government in Ukraine and the constitutional challenges it is currently facing.
The workshop was hosted by major think tank in Ukraine, the Center of Policy and Legal Reform, and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA), an intergovernmental organization that supports sustainable democracy worldwide. The experts met together in Kiev to discuss how to better the governing process in Ukraine.
"It was a privilege to meet with some of the top researchers and constitutional experts in the capital of Ukraine to discuss executive powers," Choudhry said. "Ukraine's democratization has been unstable for the past two decades due to several factors, such as the concentration of power in the presidency, weak political parties, the electoral system for the legislature, and the separation of powers within the dual executive between the Prime Minister and President."
Choudhry was joined by Sumit Bisarya of International IDEA and Thomas Sidelius of Dalarna University. Roundtable participants included Vladimir Vasilenko, representative of Ukraine on UN Human Rights Council, Sergyi Holovatyi, Member of the Constitutional Commission of Ukraine and the Venice Commission, Viktor Musiaka, representative of the president in the Supreme Council 1996, Ihor Koliushko, Centre for Policy and Legal Reforms, former MP, and advisor to the President of Ukraine 2005-2006, confirmed, among many others.
Choudhry has lectured in over two dozen countries, and served as an advisor to constitutional processes around the world. His recent workshop in Ukraine falls shortly after the release of Choudhry's "Constitution Making", a collection of notable academic contributions, case studies and classic topical articles on constitutional law.
"There has been a recent wave of constitution-making decisions made by transitional democracies," Choudhry explained. "It is critical for today's constitutional thought leaders to gather and discuss evidence-based policy options to support the constitutional reform process."
You can find his most recent publication at http://www.e-elgar.com/shop/constitution-making
About Sujit Choudhry:
Sujit Choudhry, the I. Michael Heyman Professor of Law, University of California at Berkeley Law School, is an internationally recognized authority on comparative constitutional law. Choudhry has in-depth field experience as an advisor to constitution building processes, including in Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Nepal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tunisia and Ukraine. He has lectured or spoken in over two dozen countries.
Professor Choudhry is the Director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions, which generates and mobilizes knowledge in support of constitution building by assembling and leading international networks of experts to produce evidence-based policy options for decision-makers and agenda-setting research, in partnership with a global network of multilateral organizations, think tanks, and NGOs.
About the Center of Constitutional Transitions:
The Center for Constitutional Transitions generates and mobilizes knowledge in support of constitution building by assembling and leading international networks of experts to produce evidence-based policy options for decision-makers and agenda-setting research, in partnership with a global network of multilateral organizations, think tanks, and NGOs. It has worked with over 50 experts from more than 25 countries.
To learn more about what the Center for Constitutional Transitions does, visit our website: http://www.constitutionaltransitions.org/what-we-do/
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