Dean of the Law School

Gillian LesterSujit Choudhry is an internationally recognized authority on comparative constitutional law and comparative constitutional development. His work addresses basic methodological questions in comparative constitutional law. He has also written on constitutional design as a tool to manage the transition from violent conflict to peaceful democratic politics, especially in ethnically divided societies, and is currently studying constitutional design in the context of transitions from authoritarian to democratic rule. He has published over seventy articles, book chapters, working papers and reports. His edited collections include Constitutional Design for Divided Societies: Integration or Accommodation (Oxford, 2008) and The Migration of Constitutional Ideas (Cambridge, 2006). He is currently co-editing two collections, The Oxford Handbook of Indian Constitutional Law (Oxford) and Constitution Making (Edward Elgar). He is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Society of Public Law, the Board of Editors of the International Journal of Constitutional Law, and the Editorial Board of the Constitutional Court Review (South Africa), and the Board of Advisers for the Cambridge Studies in Constitutional Law.

Dean Choudhry is the Founding Director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions. The Center for Constitutional Transitions is the world's first university-based center that generates and mobilizes knowledge in support of constitutional building. The Center for Constitutional Transitions assembles and leads international networks of experts to complete thematic research projects that offer evidence-based policy options to practitioners. It partners with a global network of multilateral organizations, think tanks, NGOs, and universities, based in Berlin, Buenos Aires, Cairo, Delhi, the Hague, Ottawa, London, New York, Tunis, and Zaragoza.

Dean Choudhry is a member of the United Nations Mediation Roster, has been a consultant to the World Bank Institute at the World Bank, has worked as a foreign constitutional expert in support of constitutional transitions in Egypt, Jordan, Libya and Tunisia (with the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance), Nepal (with the United Nations Development Program and the Nepal Bar Association), and Sri Lanka (with the Forum of Federations and the Center for Policy Alternatives). In Canada, Professor Choudhry was a member of the Governing Toronto Advisory Panel, which proposed major reforms to the structure of municipal government in Toronto, and sat on the Board of Directors of Legal Aid Ontario, one of the largest publicly funded legal assistance programs in the world. He was counsel of record before the Supreme Court of Canada in Charkaoui (security certificates), and in Khadr 1 and Khadr 2 (Guantanamo detainees). He was named Practitioner of the Year by the South Asian Bar Association of Toronto in 2011.

Prior to coming to Berkeley Law, Dean Choudhry was Cecelia Goetz Professor of Law at the NYU School of Law, and Scholl Chair at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto. In 2010, he was one of four Canadians to receive the Trudeau Fellowship, the Canadian equivalent of the MacArthur awards.

Professor Choudhry holds law degrees from Oxford, Toronto, and Harvard, was a Rhodes Scholar, and served as law clerk to Chief Justice Antonio Lamer of the Supreme Court of Canada.