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Sujit Choudhry: One of the Leading Minds In Comparative Law

Comparative law is the study of the different types of law that exist in the world. The branch of law seeks to compare them and find the similarities and differences. The field’s importance has grown with the increasing globalization and internationalization in the world.

Sujit Choudhry is one of the leading scholars in this field. He has over two decades of experience in the field. Choudhry started out his career in 1996 as a law clerk to Chief Justice Antonio Lamer at the Supreme Court of Canada. He worked here before joining Harvard to pursue his Masters in Law. Sujit returned to the University of Toronto as an assistant professor of law upon completion of postgraduate studies. Sujit was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2004. Choudhry was appointed the Scholl Chair of the university’s school of law two years later. He held the position for six more years.

New York University hired Sujit as the Cecelia Goetz Professor of Law in 2011. He worked at NYU’s faculty of law for three years before moving to the University of California, Berkeley where he is working till date. He served as the Dean of the School of Law at the University of California for two years. He was credited with bringing some changes to the school while he was the Dean. His agenda focused on globalization, service, access, and innovation. Sujit fostered social mobility by starting the Berkeley Law Opportunity Scholarship which targeted first-generation students at the school. He also oversaw the Access for All Fund that was started to provide need-based financial aid. One of his initiatives increased the percentage of minority students in the 1L class by 50 percent. He was responsible for the formation of some task forces that would ensure that there was globalization, equity, experiential education, and inclusion. He is currently the Michael Heynman Professor of Law at the school.

Professor Choudhry has worked as a mediator for the UN. He has worked with World Bank and the United Nations Development Program in the past. He founded the Center for Constitutional Transitions which brings together experts from around the world so that they can come up with new and better policies. The center helps to facilitate projects that these experts do so that they can derive meaningful conclusions from the research in the end. Choudhry is currently co-leading different research projects that are being conducted on a global scale.