Sujit Choudhry Resolving the Catalonian and Spanish Disputes

Several constitutional disagreements have been experienced in democratic countries across the world. The recent one involved the city of Catalonia and the Spanish government. The former wanted to secede and become independent of the latter. However, the desire by the Catalans to be independent of Spain fell on deaf ears and stirred violence between the two governments.

To calm the situation down top constitutional law scholars wrote an open letter to the two governments urging them to engage in fruitful dialogue that would solve their issues in a civilized and peaceful manner. The constitutional experts hoped the two warring sides would come to an agreement and have their scores settled in the shortest time possible. Sujit Choudhry was among the experts who penned the open letter. Others included Akazanga Welikala a Public Law lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, Robert Howse, a Lloyd C. Nelson Professor at the New York University and Zoran Oklopcic of Carleton University.

In the open letter, the experts urged President Puigdemont of Catalonia to express his commitments of wanting to secede from Spain constitutionally. They advised the president to hold a referendum to confirm their secession desire. They also urged Rajoy, the Prime Minister of Spain to acknowledge the Catalonian desire to secede by providing an environment that would not stir violence in the process.

The two governments were urged to engage in dialogue and solve the issue amicably and not undermine the European Union principles. The Spanish government engaged the Catalonians in violence by not allowing them to hold a referendum. The experts noted that the Catalonians would decide their fate through the ballot and decide whether they will secede or remain in Spain.

According to blogs.law.nyu.edu, Mr. Choudhry is an I. Michael Heyman Professor of Law at the University of California. He is also the founder and director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions. He has advised several countries on how to deal with their constitutional issues.  Related article on constitutionaltransitions.org.

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Moreover, Sujit has taken part in the constitution-making of several countries including South Africa, Ukraine, Jordan, Nepal, Libya and Yemen among other countries. He has expertise in comparative constitutional law. Sujit is also a consultant to the World Bank Institute.  Additional article on work.bepress.com.

Read about his published works here, http://www.indiawest.com/news/global_indian/u-c-berkeley-law-professor-sujit-choudhry-co-edits-new/article_163b28d6-e9a6-11e6-a1f5-f7dfdfa8c09d.html

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