Professor Sujit Choudhry Talks Politics

Professor Sujit Choudhry is known as an internationally famous scholar. His research covers a vast array of topics in regard to comparative constitutional law, as well as politics. This includes federalism, semi-presidentialism, bills of rights, security sector oversight, constitutional building processes, and a slew of other topics as well (  Professor Choudhry has also written in-depth with regards to Canadian constitutional law.

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Choudhry’s recent publication is a chapter of a book that is set to be distributed in Constitutional Democracies in Crisis? Specifically, he hones in on a tweet made by Eric Holder, President Obama’s Attorney General. In the tweet, Holder said any possible termination of Robert Mueller is an “absolute red line.” Holder also suggested that if anything happens, there should be a backlash of peaceful protest.  Refer to to read a related article.

Sujit Choudhry believes Eric Holder’s call to action is founded on two concepts. The first concept being the metaphorical “red line,” and the other being Holder leaving it to the American People to decide if officials have actually abused their authority and crossed said line.

Holder’s Tweet Broken into Pieces

Sujit Choudhry makes note that Holder’s tweet is founded on the thought of “constitutional self-enforcement, created around the idea of a central point.” And as constitutions are ruling expectations of citizens and officials that center around the suitableness of public authority’s behavior, by closely observing central points, or constitutional rules. Furthermore, breaking these constitutional rules by no means warrants a court to identify them as such, and Mr. Choudhry expresses a sense of shock in Holder’s tweet.

Professor Sujit Choudhry believes another example of a central point is a term limit for presidents that, in America and across the globe, limits a person to two terms as president. Choudhry goes on to explain that autocrats would want to destroy that central point by trying to stay in power for longer.

He writes that when put within a certain context, the former Attorney General’s “red lines” can be looked at as a specimen of democratic failure.

The chapter is Choudhry’s commentary on many aspects of the political climate in this nation.

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