Sujit Choudhry explains the mystery of the backsliding countries

Sujit Choudhry, a law professor and the founding director of the center for constitutional transitions held a roundtable discussion with Michael Meyer-Resende, a democracy Reporting International and Mattias Kumm of Center for Global Constitutionalism on 18th of December 2017. The round table discussion was entitled; recovering from Authoritarian Backsliding: Pathways and Prospects.

The round table workshop, which took place in WZB Berlin Social Science Center, assumed that though the Central Eastern Europe countries have been positively impacted by the third wave of democracy, there is a potential that they will revert to authoritarian rule. The called this authoritarian backsliding.  Read a relevant article on

The transition of most of the Central Eastern Europe countries from authoritarian rule to democracy is being credited by many to the third wave of democracy. Most of these countries being communists joined the European Union which came with the expectation that constitutional democracy, which is the norm for the countries in this union, will be fully consolidated in the new countries. However, some few countries like Poland and Hungary are going though deconsolidation of the constitutional democracy. Hence their potential of reverting to authoritarian rule.

Sujit Choudhry and his colleagues hopped that in calling several experts to come together for the discussion, they would be able to provide an opportunity for lawyers to network with other experts from other countries. They also hoped to create an understanding of what it means for a country to backslide and how it can be prevented. By drawing examples from countries within the Central Eastern Europe and beyond, they were able to draw practical examples and to play out strategies that could be used to prevent the different countries from backsliding to authoritarian rule. Check this link on to read more of his views and insights on politically related issues.

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Having served as a law professor in more than three universities, including University of New York and University of Toronto, Sujit Choudhry’s knowledge and experience were evident during the discussion.   More to read on

Since most experts in constitutional law consider him an authority in this, the roundtable discussion attracted many experts and they were able to achieve their objective for meeting. In addition to this, the research he has been doing on constitutional development along with his experience in the field has seen him be part of the UN mediation roster and a consultant at the World Bank institute.  Related article on

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