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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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