Comparative law is a field of study that looks at the legal systems of different countries. It is a method used to compare laws, mostly regarding the similarities and differences. Some of the legal systems of various parts of the world are Islamic law, socialist law, Hindu law, common law and civil law. Considering that we are in the age of globalization, comparative law has become crucial in the efforts to unify laws and ensure nations live in harmony. In the process of making laws, legislators in most cases draw inspiration from the laws of other countries.
Sujit Choudhry is internationally recognized as an authority on comparative constitutional law. He is the I. Michael Heyman Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. He has been doing various researches in comparative law and has a wide field of experience considering he was an advisor to the constitution building process in countries such as; Libya, Sri Lanka, Jordan, Egypt, Nepal and South Africa. Professor Choudhry’s research, analyses issues like; decentralization and secession, federalism, the design of the constitution in ethnically divided societies, constitutional courts, and semi-presidentialism. Try to read more here, pluralism.ca. He has made over ninety publications (articles, book chapters, reports, and papers). Click here.
Sujit Choudhry is the founding director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions, a group which brings together law experts from all around the globe for the purpose of constitution building, see linkedin.com for more profile. In his interview with IdeaMensch, he states that he starts his day by updating himself with news about the state of constitutions of various countries on the internet. He adds that at any given time, around six constitutions are being rewritten. Working on his research agenda, Professor Choudhry spends a lot of time talking to the policy partners to find out what will suit a particular country. He attributes his success to his habit of always thinking about what to do next. Sujit Choudhry earned law degrees from Harvard, Oxford and Toronto Universities. Great info here on constitutionaltransitions.org.