Canadian constitutional lawyer Sujit Choudhry and former Canadian government deputy minister George Anderson have authored a book of essays explaining the complications constitutional processes face with territorial disagreements.
The collection, “Territory and Power in Constitutional Transitions,” focuses on 17 situations where countries are making constitutional changes. These are both small countries, politically diverse countries and areas where territorial politics play both key and secondary roles. Case studies shown in the book include Iraq, Kenya, Nigeria, Spain, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Ukraine and Cyprus.
The published work includes recommendations on policy from the eye of realists looking at the complexity of both politics and territorial governance. Many in the field of constitutional law see this work as incredibly relevant to situations happening worldwide. That is especially true for Myanmar, Yemen and Libya.
The two have also authored a policy paper as a companion piece to their work. The paper is given the same title and details how crafting constitutions is affected by territorial claims. It also offers input to advisors involved in constitutional drafting.
Sujit Choudhry, considered a leading expert on Canada’s constitution, is a principal at Choudry Law. He also founded and is the director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions. Internationally known as a constitutional scholar, Sujuit Choudhry has worked for decades helping those in government advance rule-of-law processes and build constitutional governments.
With law degrees from Toronto, Oxford and Harvard, Sujit Choudhry served as law clerk under Chief Justice Antonio Lamer on the Supreme Court of Canada and served the Bar of Ontario. He was a constitutional law scholar at UC Berkeley, New York University and the University of Toronto for almost 20 years. More than 100 publications bear his name and his work has been used by Canadian courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada.
George Anderson is the former CEO of the Forum of Federations and a Centre for Democracy and Diversity at Queen’s University fellow. He served the United Nations Department of Political Affairs as a part of the Sanby Team of Experts and has been a consultant all over the world.