Sujit Choudhry Holds A Roundtable To Discuss Democratic Deconsolidation In Hungary And Poland

Three constitutional experts convened a roundtable to discuss the situation in the countries of Hungary and Poland. Both had authoritarian governments when they were under the thumb of the Soviet Union. When that collapsed they both became much more democratic in nature. In recent years, though, both of these nations have slid back into authoritarianism.

The roundtable was convened by Sujit Choudhry of the Center for Constitutional Transitions, Mattias Kumm of WZB, New York Univerity, and the Center for Global Constitutionalism, and Michael Meyer-Resende of Democracy Reporting International. Many other constitutional lawyers also attended this roundtable. Check

The roundtable centered on why Poland and Hungary are engaged in what they called democratic deconsolidation. They wanted to also discuss what could be done about this and what the consequences were. They used examples of other nations this had occurred in such as Slovakia, South Korea, India, and Colombia.   Additional article on

For practical purposes, the roundtable hoped that through their discussion they could produce proposals that could be used by those in these two countries to return to a path of democracy. This included politicians as well as NGOs, institutions in these countries, and constitutional experts.

The Center for Constitutional Transitions was founded by Sujit Choudhry back in 2012 and he is the director. He assembled this organization so that he and other experts in the field of constitutions could jointly develop research about constitutions and what works best. This information can then be presented to policymakers so that they have fact-based research upon which to build a constitution. He has provided constitutional advice in many nations such as Egypt, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Libya, and many more.  Related article on

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Sujit Choudhry has been a college professor of law for many years. He has taught at some of the best law schools in both America and Canada. His education was also in different nations. First, he attended the University of Oxford in the UK as a Rhodes Scholar. Next, he went to Canada and majored in the law at the University of Toronto. Finally, he attended Harvard Law School in the United States and graduated with his master’s law degree in 1998.  For update on his recent timeline activities, hit on

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