Prof. Sujit Choudhry on Ailing Democracies

When dealing with politics and constitutional law then one name comes to mind, Prof. Sujit Choudhry. His involvement with the constitution-making processes in many countries like; Yemen, South Africa and Egypt among others combined with public talks across the globe make him an icon in the matters,

Currently, Prof. Sujit Choudhry is the Director at Centre of Constitution Transitions. The center is involved with the search and creating of networks with constitutional experts across the world to help in drafting constitutions for the countries working to build their charters. To date, the center has worked with over 20 countries in this (

A Focus on a Tweet in a Chapter of a Book

Prof. Sujit Choudhry takes time to break down the current state of constitutional democracy all around the world in a chapter of a book to be released soon. Through his lenses, Prof Choudhry lays out the reasons he feels democracies are failing. One of this reasons is the fact that constitutional violations even when reported to a court of law, is not guaranteed that they will be labeled as violations at the court of law.

Besides, as in the United States that allows a president to be in office for a maximum of two four year term, there are term limits by most constitutional democracies. It’s not an ultimate surety that the presidents will leave office after the terms expire. Especially in the not so mature democracies in which the president may set states of emergencies, change constitutions and just seizing power without legitimacy.

In the book Constitutional Democracies in Crisis? A chapter that will include his views in a section will also detail how a concept of ‘Democracy Backsliding’ is part of the reason why democracies are ailing. Democracy backsliding is when figures in authority will try to change laws to fit them in their bid to do things that are unconstitutional. He gives detailed examples of countries around the world where democracies are in crisis.

The threat of ailing Democracies not only affects growing democracies. According to Prof. Choudhry, the problem cuts across and to an extent affects the so-called developed democracies. He also gives his view on why he thinks strengthening the courts to call the wrongs by their names is the chance democracies have at restoration.

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