How Sujit Choudhry Became a Comparative Law Expert

May 18th, 2017

Comparative law is the study of the different type of legal systems and their similarities and differences. It can be described as the comparison of various laws within the same system. There are several types of law in existence including civil law, common law, Jewish law, Hindu law, and Chinese law.

Comparative law has gained importance in the last couple of years because of its relation to other forms of law. It assists legal experts to perform legal transplants easily because they are very informed. They can refer to other legal systems to determine how accurately they should draft new laws. It also helps international organizations such as the United Nations to draft treaties that are in line with the laws of the involved countries. The comparative law allows sociologists and economists to observe the effects of different laws on the economy and the society.

Sujit Choudhry is an accomplished scholar and expert on comparative law. He attended McGill University where he earned a degree in Science. Choudhry went on to earn two law degrees from the University of Oxford and the University of Toronto.

Sujit started working as a law clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada after graduation. He joined Harvard University where he earned his Master’s in law. Sujit returned to the University of Toronto as an assistant professor of law in 1999. He served in this position for five years until his promotion to associate professor of law with tenure. He was appointed the Scholl Chair of the faculty of law of the school in 2006.   Follow him on his page

Choudhry left Canada to join the New York University School of Law as the Cecelia Goetz law professor in 2011. He maintained this role until his appointment as the dean of the school of law at the University of California, Berkeley in 2014. Based on,  Choudhry served as the dean for two years. He is currently the I. Michael Heyman Professor of Law at the University. His expertise in the field has seen him become involved in the constitution-building processes of several countries including Nepal, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Libya, and Jordan.

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Sujit Choudhry is the founding director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions. The center brings legal experts from around the world to work together on different research projects. The center collaborates with universities, non-governmental organizations, and thinks tanks to perform its tasks. He is currently leading three collaborative projects whose results will be published this year.  Read this interesting interview with Sujit on

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