Comparative law is the branch of law that involves studying the differences between the several types of law. Some different legal systems exist in the world including common law, Jewish law, Hindu law, and Chinese law. Comparative law is concerned with comparing them and analyzing the good and the bad from each.
Sujit Choudhry is an accomplished scholar in the field of comparative law. He has a Master’s degree from Harvard University. Sujit is an alumnus of the University of Toronto. Sujit started his career at the Supreme Court of Canada working as a law clerk for the Chief Justice. Sujit joined the University of Toronto as an assistant professor of law after completing his Master’s degree. Sujit became an associate professor at the University with tenure after a couple of years. He later joined NYU as the Cecelia Goetz Professor of Law before joining the University of California, Berkeley.
Sujit served as the Dean of Berkeley Law School for two years until 2016. His aim was to ensure that the school upheld a number of policies including access, innovation, service, and globalization. He launched some campaigns including an opportunity scholarship for first-generation students to help them get access to education, the Access for All fundraising campaign to support students in need, and introduced novel recruitment methods that increased the percentage of minorities in a class by more than 50%. The IP Lab, Environmental law clinic, and the startup law department leveraged partnerships with Silicon Valley to establish a symbiotic relationship that would help both parties. He also helped to foster public interest fellowships at the University to help graduates from the school get jobs in public service and interest.
Choundhry founded the Center for Constitutional Transitions in 2012. He works as the founding director of the organization which brings together experts from around the world to collaborate on projects and come up with policies on how constitutions can be reformed and made better. It allows people from various organizations such as universities, non-governmental organizations, and thinks tanks to work together.
Choundhry is one of the leaders of a couple of global projects that focus on researching on certain issues involving countries. This issue involves security oversight and reform and dealing with territorial cleavages in constitutional transitions. He is a mediator for the United Nations. Sujit has worked for the World Bank and UNDP in the past.