Constitutional Law Expert Sujit Choudhry Weighs in on the Spain and Catalan Secession Debate

  Sujit Choudhry is a renowned expert in comparative constitutional law and political matters. He has given lectures in over 25 countries and has participated as an advisor in the legal building process in countries such as Egypt, South Africa, Libya, Tunisia, Yemen, Ukraine, Jordan, Sri Lanka and Nepal. He is well versed in bringing peaceful solutions to violent situations.  To read more about his advisory works, check this link on

Choudhry serves as the I. Michael Heyman Professor of Law at the University of California, School of Law, where he has also served in the capacity of a dean. Before then, Sujit Choudhry was the Cecelia Goetz Professor of Law at New York University. Sujit Choudhry holds law degrees from the University of Toronto, Oxford University and Harvard University. Choudhry also served as a law clerk to Supreme Court of Canada’s Chief Justice Antonio Lamer. He is also a former Rhodes Scholar.  More to read on

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Sujit Choudhry also works at the Center for Constitutional Transitions as its Director. The organization searches for and mobilize ideas to help in constitution building using relevant and applicable decision making options. He is also sitting on the committee of the International Society of Public Law and the Advisory Council of the Institute of Integrated Transitions. Professor Choudhry is a member of the United Nations Mediation Roster and has offered consultancy to the World Bank Institute and the United Nations Development Program.  Additional article on

Recently, Sujit Choudhry and other top constitutional law experts wrote an open letter to both the Spanish and Catalan governments imploring them to consider dialogue as a remedy to the issues that have come up. The scholars propose that a referendum should be held to determine the fate of the secession calls. In the best interest of everyone, the President of Catalonia must remain steadfast in the secession quest while on the other hand, Spanish President must not attempt to stop the Catalonians from expressing their will.

The scholars insist that Mr. Rajoy, the Prime Minister of Spain, should avoid using violent means to counter Catalonian people who wish to secede as this amounts to human rights abuse. However, the scholars note that not all Catalonians are comfortable with the independence and that, Mr. Puigdemont, Catalonian President must find the number of people in agreement in a free and fair process.  Follow tweets from Sujit on his page.

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