UNDERSTANDING COMPARATIVE LAW: A SUJIT CHOUDHRY PERSPECTIVE

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Posted by omeditors | Posted in Constitutioal Law | Posted on 03-02-2017

Comparative Law attempts to describe the comparison of various laws. It functions as a discipline which seeks to understand a range of legal systems in their entirety and their relationship with one another without suppressing the difference between them. Comparative law does this by working on three important elements. The first element is the actual comparison of legal systems which includes the discovery, elucidation and assessment of similarities and differences. The other element concerns looking at the influence between the legal systems, most important being the reception of law regardless of it being of individual legal institutions or of entire legal systems. Lastly is development of a general theory of law. Sujit Choudhry; a Professor of Law who is established in Comparative Institutional Law, defines comparative law as “A legal field that studies the similarities and differences among the laws of different nations by looking into the world’s legal systems which take account of civil law, Hindu law, Chinese law, Canon law, Socialist law, Jewish law and common law.”

 

 

Born in 1970, Choudhry studied biology at McGill University before proceeding to University of Oxford for a B.A. in law and University of Toronto for his LL.B and there after an LL.M. from Harvard Law School. Choudhry is an internationally recognized authority on comparative constitutional law. He not only has an extensive research experience addressing a various issues in comparative constitutional law but also an in-depth field experience where has worked as a consultant in constitution building processes of various countries as stated in constitutionaltransitions.com. Professor Sujit is an author in books about Canadian constitutional law and has close to a hundred articles, book chapters, working papers and reports in his name. He is also an editor of various books most on comparative constitutional law.

 

 

Choudhry has served as a professor of Law at NYU School of Law and University of Toronto where he also held leadership positions. He was a member of the Governing Toronto Advisory Panel and was a Dean from 2014 to 2016 where he propagated strategic agenda with pillars of Access, Innovation, Service and Globalization. Choudhry was awarded the Trudeau Foundation Fellowship for his efforts in post-conflict constitutional law and was also the practitioner of the Year from South Asian Bar Association in Toronto. He is a founder of an organization which generates and mobilizes awareness in support of constitution building known as Center for Constitutional Transitions. He holds a record in Charkaoui (security certificates), and Khadr 1 and Khadr 2 (Guantanamo detainees) before the Supreme Court of Canada; and he was one of four Canadians to receive the Trudeau Fellowship. He has been proactively involved in the fight for same sex marriage. Check his awards here: http://www.law.nyu.edu/news/choudhry_award.

 

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