The current global political landscape especially in the United States is marked by intriguing events that are increasingly undermining constitutional democracy as the primary foundation of governance. Ethnic divisions, authoritarianism and transitional injustice are some of the issues that continue to threaten the constitutional democracies. While writing a constitutional commentary on the recent political intrigues in the United States and abroad, Sujit Choudhry, a law scholar and a specialist in comparative law and constitution-based conflict resolution, points that constitutional democracy in the country has been corroded over the past few years. In the commentary in a book that is yet to be published, Choudhry also argues that the presidency an institution of power has increasingly become autocratic (works.bepress.com)
While commenting on a tweet by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on the interference and possible termination of special counsel Robert Mueller’s mandate by the White House, Sujit Choudhry believes such actions would have crossed the imaginary yet symbolic red line of American democracy. He points out that Holder’s call to Americans to act if Mueller’s duties are tampered with points to the constitutional self-enforcement that do not legal redress. Other examples of crossing of the red line and democratic failures that may call for mass action include subtle or direct violation of presidential term limits, electoral fraud and coup d’états. Sujit also argues that the recent travel bans announced by President Donald Trump are also examples of these failures. However, his commentary that focuses on the evolution of constitutional democracy is not confined to the U.S. He also highlights how it has been eroded in Poland by the current government through subtly constitutional housekeeping tactics with short and long term implications.
Sujit Choudhry’s insight on constitutional issues stem from a wealth of experience and strong academic background. His in-depth understanding of comparative law has seen him work for various global bodies such as the World Bank and the United Nations as an advisor and mediator (constitutionaltransitions.org). He is also a researcher who has played a vital role in developing constitutions for various nations including Tunisia, Sri Lanka and Libya among others. He currently works at the Center for Constitutional Transitions.
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