Sujit Choudhry Speaks on the Crisis Facing Spain and Catalonia

Owing to the crisis in Catalonia, Sujit Choudhry together with a team of legal scholars, wrote to the Spanish and Catalan governments urging them to engage in extensive dialogue. The dialogue is to help both countries come together, put aside their differences and solve the constitutional issues that threaten their mutual coexistence.

The letter pleaded with the Catalonian president to show interest and commitment in their secession from Spain. The message went further to explain that the only way the Catalonian president would achieve this is through calling for a referendum that would express the will of the Catalonian citizens. The letter also urged the Spanish Prime Minister not to respect the will of the Catalonians through not engaging in any activities that infringed on the rights of these people to exercise their freedom of speech.

The scholars and Sujit Choudhry share in the thought that a referendum is a necessity in making the Spaniards realize how gravely this Catalonian decision impacts on their constitutional order. Conclusively, the letter expresses their need to have both the Spaniards and Catalonians come to an amicable and peaceful resolution. The rights and freedoms of both citizens should be considered when making this decision.

The scholars were for the decision that the Spanish government did all it could to influence negatively on the voter turnout. If the Catalonians are for the secession is something that is still being highly debated. This should not remain as so; a decision has to be made by the Catalonians.  Additional article on

Sujit Choudhry directs the Center for Constitutional Transitions. Mr. Choudhry is the dean of the law department at the University of California. Sujit previously worked as a law professor at the University of New York and later chaired the school at the University of Toronto. He is internationally recognized for his tremendous expertise in matters political. A myriad of nations, under his guidance, have successfully built and enacted a constitution.  To read more about his outstanding achievements, click

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He has, for more than 20 years, built a reputation on being an internationally acclaimed constitutional advisor. Sujit has vast experience in facilitating dialogue between civil society groups and stakeholders, offering advice to technical experts and offering training to bureau.  Read an important interview of the professor, hit

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The recent actions by the Catalan and Spanish governments on the crises that have been experienced in Catalonia have interested various people including law scholars. It is hoped that the two governments will have an open-minded discussion that will resolve their constitutional issues for good. Sujit Choudhry and other renowned constitutional law scholars wrote a letter to the governments of Catalonia and Spain requesting them to engage in dialogue.

The Catalonian President was asked to prove his commitment towards the succession from Spain. The Spanish Prime Minister, on the other hand, was asked to respect the Catalonians request since many Catalans agree with this decision. The Catalonians aim is only to express their decision on secession peacefully. The Spanish Prime Minister was requested not to suppress the Catalans expression of what they need.

The Spanish must accept the will of the people of Catalonia. The use of heavy-handed tactics means that Spain has no sense of democracy. The actions of the Spanish have made it seem impossible for them to govern Catalonia without resulting in violence.

Sujit Choudhry and his team of scholars mention that a referendum is what will determine the needs of the Catalonians regarding independence. Since this brings about constitutional difficulties for the Spanish, it is important for both parties to reach a constitutional settlement. This will clearly define the rights of the Spanish and Catalonian people as well as accept the ambitions of the Catalans.

Since not all Catalonians as in agreement with the separation, it is of utmost importance for their opinions to mean something. The majority opinion may not be the best way to follow considering a significant number of Catalonians have doubts regarding this move. Some of them completely despise this subject.  Read his views on politically related issues as he tacked questions in an interview, hit on

Sujit Choudhry is the founding director at Center for Constitutional Transitions. He is also a law professor at the University of California. The Center for Constitutional Transitions has managed to work with more than 50 experts from over 25 different countries in building research-based products for various practitioners.  Additional article on

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Sujit is well known across the world for his knowledge on political matters as well as comparative constitutional law. Related article on  He has managed to advice various international dignitaries in building their country’s constitutions. Sujit Choudhry was invited by both the United Nations Development Program and World Bank to be the World Bank Institute’s consultant.  Check to read more about his advisory works.

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