Sujit Choudhry Talks Changes Since the Cold War

Holding the prestigious title of I. Michael Heyman Professor of Law at UC Berkeley, Sujit Choudhry continues to provide groundbreaking research and writings concerning constitutional law and politics. Prior to entering his profession, Sujit Choudhry attended Oxford University and the University of Toronto, as well as Harvard University, where he earned a Master of Laws degree. In his career as a constitutional advisor, which has spanned more than two decades, Sujit Choudhry has played a major role in the drafting of constitutions in nations such as Syria, Egypt, Sri Lanka, South African, Yemen, and Nepal.

In one of his most recent pieces, Sujit Choudhry contributes to the upcoming publication, “Constitutional Democracies in Crisis?,” dedicating the focus of his chapter to a recent tweet by the former United States Attorney General, Eric Holder, which discusses the possible dismissal of White House Special Counsel, Robert Mueller ( While there has been much speculation about the possibility of President Donald Trump deciding to pull the trigger regarding Mueller’s status, Eric Holder seems to believe that this move would lead to some form of peaceful protesting from the American people.

Rumors have suggested a variety of outcomes regarding the future of Robert Mueller’s position as White House Special Counsel, but, according to Eric Holder, if President Donald Trump were to dismiss him from his post, it would represent a serious transgression against the American people. Eric Holder characterizes this possible move as an “absolute red line,” but, according to Sujit Choudhry, he is also suggesting something further. While he is certainly calling the American people to action, Choudhry also believes that he is insinuating that the American people will impact the staying or reversal of the decision, as well as others like it. With these types of actions occurring within governments around the world, Mr. Choudhry is of the belief that constitutional democracies are on a downward trend, as supported by the US Presidency’s possible transition into an autocratic entity. This threat to constitutional democracy, what many have begun terming “authoritarian” or “democratic backsliding,” is nothing new, but its rapid evolution amidst a democratic world has been considerable since the conclusion of the Cold War.

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