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Sujit Choudhry, Professor of Law

Sujit Choudhry, Professor of Law

Being an internationally famous scholar, Professor Sujit Choudhry’s research features a wide range of issues related to politics and constitutional law. This addresses constitutional design as a tool for handling transition, changing violent conflict into federalism, decentralization and secession, official language policy, semi-presidentialism, violent conflict to peaceful democratic politics and constitutional design in ethnically divided societies. He has also played an important role in writing about Canadian constitutional law (works.bepress.com)

According to Sujit Choudhry’s response on Holder’s tweet, the call to action by the Attorney General is characterized by two concepts; the symbolic red line and that the Americans are the determinants of whether the authority has been abused by officials. He states that the tweet majors on the idea of constitutional self-enforcement that has been constructed focusing on a focal point concept. Sujit Choudhry states that, a presidential term limit across the world is another focal point. He goes ahead and writes that, breaking the focal point would be facilitated by dissolving the legislature, declaring a state of emergency and suspending elections.

He says, the red lines would be termed as a democratic failure if viewed within a specific context. He says, ignoring term limits would be termed as self-coup, being a trial by elected executives to lengthen their leadership terms when elected. According to professor Choudhry, democracy threat has developed since cold war began. He explains this using Poland’s Law as an example where, since 2015, the government’s efforts have been focused on hindering the constitutional democracy of Poland with an aim of getting rid of impediments to its rule. Read more on releasefact.com.

He goes deeply in explaining the problems that Poland’s democracy has faced through the PiS. According to him, Poland’s constitutional court and other customary courts had been the first focus. He explains how constitution of panels’ rules maneuvered the Polish government in their pleasing directions over the year. He goes ahead and says that ‘democratic backsliding’ is another democracy threat, a term mentioned by Nancy Bermeo, as being one that has replaced autogolpes and coup d’états. He says, this is defined as a situation whereby an elected official manipulates government rules in order to lengthen their leadership in the future. He mentions the fall of Weimar Germany as an example of this.

According to Sujit Choudhry, this has brought about new terms, whereby all of them have facilitated its “vexing ambiguity”.

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