In lay man’s language, the comparative law can be defined as the study of the differences and similarities between legal and legislation rules of various countries or between two and more legal system. It is not a body of principles and standards as many people think but rather, it is a way of looking a problem critically. Comparative law is increasingly being used in various states by the country’s constitutional jurisdiction. Though the law majorly focuses on examining the differences and similarities of law between countries and legal system, it is sometimes difficult for professionals to accurately understand law from another state or legal tradition perspective. Knowing your countries law as a profession is one thing but understanding another countries law and their legal system is another different thing.
Sujit Choudhry is one person who is well known when it comes to comparative constitutional law and development. He is the founder of the world first university-based center, the Centre for Constitutional Transitions, which aims at generating and mobilizing knowledge to support constitutional building. All Sujit’s work addresses methodological questions all matters comparative constitutional law. On his perspective, he views constitutional design as the appropriate tool to manage all the transition from violence to democratic politics that are peaceful. This concept can be implemented mostly in ethnically divided societies and in cases where the rule needs to be changed from authoritarian to democratic. See and read related articles here.
He has published various book chapters, articles, reports and working papers, explain his understanding of the comparative law. As said before, not many people including professionals can clearly understand comprehensively comparative law but Sujit Choudhry is exceptional, and this is what makes him recognized worldwide. He has worked in various institutions while holding different positions such as World Bank as a consultant. He also worked as a constitutional expert when it came to constitutional transitions in Libya, Tunisia. Jordan, Egypt, Nepal and Sri Lanka. He was once a Professor of Law at NYU School of Law and chaired the faculty of law at the University of Toronto.
All that he has achieved was possible through attaining the required education and his work experience. He earned his Degree in Law from Oxford University that gave him the knowledge he implements today in his day to day activities.