Sujit Choudhry Legal Expert and Constitutional Analyst

Law and politics are obviously very different across nations, and a lot can be learned from these differences. One person who focused their career on these differences and what we can learn from them is professor Sujit Choudhry.

Sujit Choudhry obtained law degrees from Harvard and Oxford, Toronto. This led him to serve as a law clerk for the Supreme Court of Canada. This background later led to his instrumental research of comparative constitutional law and politics. This gave him the credibility to help countries like Egypt, South Africa, and a handful of other countries make constitutional changes.

One topic that excited Choudhry enough to speak about is Canada’s program for international democracy support under the Peace, Order, and Good Government Centre (CCPOGG). The program is mainly meant to create peace between nations through conflict resolution. Choudhry believes that Canada is the perfect country to implement something like this because of its known peaceful nature. He concluded that the program should have four thematic areas: safeguarding constitutional democracy, changing civil wars into peaceful democracies, digital platforms, and promoting inclusion.

Choudhry understands the challenges of implementing this program. Some of these challenges include democracies backsliding into other forms of government, civil wars, the use of the internet to spread misinformation, and the exclusion of marginalized groups like women and LGBTQ. These challenges would be tough for any nation to try and tackle for the world, but Choudhry believes Canada fits the mold to be the nation to do it because of expertise in global peace and the current and existing Canadian institutions can help back the program.

Now that evidence for why it should be done and the challenges it will face have been shown, the question must be answered of how the program will work. Firstly, the program should be filled with big thinkers and academic excellence. This includes finding people who speak multiple languages to communicate with other nations. Also, the program should be independent of the Canadian government. This way other nations can see the program as an independent institution trying to help, and not group it together with their preconceived ideas of Canada as a nation.

At the end of the day, Choudhry believes this program is something Canada needs to rise to the occasion for the better of the world as a whole.

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