Comparative law is an academic discipline that studies the legal systems of various countries around the world. The law in any particular country is reflective of the history, society, culture and political system of that country. There are a great many ancient legal systems that serve as a foundation upon which a country can create its own legal system. Some of these older legal systems include Canon Law, Chinese Law, Islamic Law and Jewish Law. Comparative law seeks to gain a deeper understanding about the effects of the various legal systems used throughout the world. One of the top scholars and practitioners in the field of comparative law is Sujit Choudhry
The study of comparative law is of particular importance in the modern age of ever increasing globalization of economics. The discipline of comparative law has evolved to include several branches that concentrate on specific legal subjects including comparative criminal law, comparative civil law, comparative constitutional law, comparative administrative law and comparative commercial law.
Sujit Choudhry is an internationally recognized expert in the area of comparative constitutional law. Choudhry has used his expertise in comparative constitutional law to help countries transition from a periods of violent conflict and authoritarian rule to peaceful societies based on democratic principles. Some of the countries that Professor Choudhry consulted during transitional periods include South Africa, Jordan Egypt, Libya, Ukraine and Sri Lanka, among others. He helped these countries develop a governmental structure that established constitutional courts that protected the rights of minority citizens who were previously subjected to oppression by authoritarian rulers. He also would help a country with matters such as establishing an official language policy and a bill of rights.
As an educator, Sujit Choudhry has served as a professor at NYU Law School and as a professor at Berkeley Law. Professor Choudhry was the Dean of Berkeley Law from 2014 to 2016. He was a Rhodes Scholar and earned his law degree at Oxford University. Choudhry also earned degrees from the University of Toronto and Harvard Law. He is also the founder of the Center for Constitutional Transitions which works with other international organizations to share knowledge and research concerning the making of effective public policy decisions that are based on real world facts. Professor Choudhry is also recognizes as an expert on Canadian Constitutional law and has written extensively on that subject.
More information for Sujit Choudhry: http://www.pluralism.ca/en/events/forum/goup-rights.html