Keeping informed about the quickly changing landscape of Middle Eastern and North African affairs is something that can be hard to do. Every year there seems to be a new uprising or coup that throws another leader into office, and the ramifications of these upheavals and changes is felt around the world. That is why knowing the importance of comparative law is extremely important.
In a nutshell, comparative law is the study of different legal systems and constitutions from across the globe. This field of study started in the 18th century under the leadership of French philosopher Montesquieu. Montesquieu knew the importance of keeping abreast of changes in the constitutions and systems of 18th century Europe. Sujit Choudhry wanted to know where a new nation would go politically based on what had already happened in the past with those countries using similar systems. His diligence and publications sparked the new field of comparative constitutional law. While this field may seem nothing but theoretical, there has already been much practical application of the knowledge that it provides. One of the individuals at the forefront of this application is Sujit Choudhry. Additional Article here.
Sujit Choudhry was born in India in 1970 and moved to North America when he was young. It did not take long before he grew fond of international politics. When in his 20s, he became a law clerk for the Chief Justice of Canada. Soon after he joined the University of Toronto faculty in the Department of Political Science. At this point, he also held law degrees from Oxford, Toronto, and Harvard. With his vast wealth of knowledge and his resources as a faculty member, he studied constitutional design and the ability to transition countries from places with violent conflicts to a democratic process of power transfer. Check this on blogs.law.nyu.edu.
Sujit Choudhry has now published nearly 100 articles on the field of comparative law and Middle Eastern and North African power transfer, see his linkedin.com page. He has also helped in the constitution-building of several Middle Eastern countries. Sujit Choudhry is also the Founding Director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions, and organization that is a leader in providing new nations with experts and advice on getting them on the right track to democracy. When it comes down to it, comparative constitutional law is the new way to build nations.