How Sujit Choudhry Views The Idea Of American Exceptionalism

Sujit Choudhry is a college professor and the founder of the Center for Constitutional Transitions. He is this organization’s director and its mission is to help policymakers who are designing or modifying a nation’s constitution. He has a global network of constitutional experts he works with to design evidence-based policy options. He says that he founded this organization after having spent years working as a constitutional advisor to various nations that were at the beginning stages of being democracies.

As an immigrant to the United States, Sujit Choudhry says that he brings a more global view having lived in three different countries during his lifetime. He was born and raised in Canada, earned one of his law degrees in the United Kingdom, and then moved to America in order to attend Harvard Law School and get his master of law. Since that time he has been a college professor in both Canada and the United States at different periods in his life.

As someone who specializes in comparative constitutional law, Sujit Choudhry says that he thinks that liberal democratic constitutionalism is facing its biggest crisis since the end of the last World War. He says that the idea of American exceptionalism is completely a myth and doesn’t exist. He says that the current political climate has been experienced in other countries around the world and Americans need to learn what worked and what didn’t in other countries in order to move forward (

In addition to Harvard Law School, Sujit Choudhry is also a graduate of the University of Oxford, the University of Toronto, and McGill University which is located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada (  He also taught at the University of Toronto for six years and is tenured there. Since 2014 he has been the I. Michael Heyman Professor of Law at the University of California in Berkeley.

He has worked in many countries around the world as a constitutional advisor over the past two decades. Some of these countries are Nepal, Egypt, South Africa, and Ukraine. He says this has been done during all sorts of conditions such as during ceasefires or when political violence is going on.

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