Comparative Law is a study that involves comparing the similarities and differences between legal systems. Such comparisons give results which are related to the different legal cultures analyzed. Comparative Law also plays a deeper role in the better understanding of international legal systems. In this age of complexity, intertwinement of international private and public law, and also globalization it plays a crucial role in global harmonization and unification of laws, thus leading to a better world order. Legislators increasingly make use of international law by drafting new legislations and in many countries nowadays; courts draw their inspiration from laws abroad. Comparing legal systems are not only evident in academic discipline but also in particular areas of law.
The founder of Constitutional Transition and Faculty Director is known as Sujit Choudhry. His institution is the first one that brings together knowledge in support of the constitutional building. Mr. Choudhry is an icon of political development and comparative law. He has authored a book on constitutional design as a tool to manage the transition from violent to peaceful democratic politics, particularly in politically divided societies, and is on the road to completing his studies in constitutional design in the context of changing from authoritarian to democratic rule.
About Sujit Choudhry
Sujit Choudhry has published over 70 articles related to Constitutional Designs for Divided Communities and the Migration of Constitutional Ideas. Currently, he is co-editing two books known as Constitution Making by Edward Elgar and The Oxford Handbook of Indian Constitutional Law which is a production from Oxford University. Mr. Choudhry is an Executive member of the Committee of the International Society of Public Law, a member of the board of editors of the International Journal of Constitutional Law, his also an editorial member of the Constitutional Court Review of South Africa, and in a Board member of Advisers in the Cambridge Constitutional Law studies.
Before joining Berkeley Law, Mr. Sujit Choudhry was a Professor of Law at the NYU School of Law. He was also a Scholl Chair in the University of Toronto at the Faculty of Law. In 2010, he was one of the four Canadians to be awarded the Trudeau Fellowship; it’s an award that is equivalent to MacArthur awards. Mr. Sujit Choudhry holds degrees in law from Toronto, Harvard, and Oxford. He was a Rhodes Scholar and served as a law clerk to Antonio Lamer Chief Justice of Supreme Court of Canada.