Understanding Comparative Law with Sujit Choudhry

Sujit Choudhry is an internationally recognized professor of law. He has a wide Knowledge in Comparative Constitutional Law. Over the years, Choudhry has combined a broad scope in research agenda and has an in-depth experience as an advisor in the constitutional building process. He has participated in the constitution development process in Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Nepal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, and Ukraine. Choudhry’s research aims at addressing a variety of issues in the comparative constitutional branch of comparative law. He has researched on the constitutional design as a platform that helps in the transition from a violent kind of rule to a democratically political state. Choudhry has come up with constitutional design for ethnically split societies and constitutional design in societies transitioning from dictatorial rule to democratic governance. He has helped address the issues of constitutional courts, federalism, decentralization, bill of rights, proportionality and official language policy to mention but a few.


He has also published several articles, book chapters, working papers, and reports. He has also written and published on the Canadian Constitutional Law. Professor Sujit Choudhry has edited several collections including the Migration of Constitutional Ideas. Choudhry is an Executive Committee member of the International Society of Public Law (ICONS). In the International Journal of Constitutional Law, he serves on the Board of Editors. He is also on the advisory board for the Cambridge Studies in Constitutional Law.


Typically, comparative law can be defined as the similarities and differences between all the laws governing different countries. It involves extensive study of different legal system from the common law to the administrative law and consequently, any legislation that is written and inclined to any religion. It also involves the description of all foreign laws even in the case where no comparison is done. Comparative law has found it use in the present age where the world is undergoing economic globalization, democratization, and internationalism.


However, comparative law has several branches that help in understanding and proper documentation of all the legal systems. Among these sections include; comparative constitutional Law, Comparative Civil Law, Comparative administrative law and comparative criminal law. Studies of the laws can be viewed from a shallow or broad angle. For instance, a study between two countries can be considered to be shallow while a study involving several countries is deemed to be broad.


The study of comparative law aims at attaining an in-depth knowledge in the legal system, perfect and possibly contribute to the unification of the system in effect.

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