Sujit Choudhry Covers Some Clear Threats To Constitutional Democratic Societies

Sujit Choudhry is an expert on comparative constitutional law and politics, and globally recognized scholar, and the Director for The Center for Constitutional Transitions. Some of his work has been to help countries transition from violent conflicts to democratic countries where peace rules and a constitution guides their rule of law. Recently, he wrote a chapter for a book where he focused on comments made by Eric Holder in a tweet. In the tweet, Holder suggested that any kind of possible termination of White House Special Counsel Robert Mueller would be a “red line” that shouldn’t be crossed, and that if this did happen, the response should be large, peaceful protests (works.bepress.com).

Sujit Choudhry talked more about how he was surprised by Eric Holder’s tweet because it was not in line with how a constitution should be upheld. He believes that a legal challenge should be the first line of recourse rather than calling for people to protest in the streets. The problem with the protest solution is that this means that the rule of law doesn’t matter. The same kinds of problems occur when leaders attempt to stay in office longer than their term limits, and he calls “red lines,” such as the one that Holder attempted to draw in the sand are indicators of a democracy that is failing.

Sujit Choudhry believes that democracies have been threatened ever since the cold war and that

many countries have partaken in using methods that keep certain political parties in power much longer than they should have been. He has pointed out many examples of how political parties have slowly made changes to a governmental system until the entire constitution of the country is threatened. Check constitutionaltransitions.org for more.  Choudhry has also spoke about times when democratically elected government officials or Presidents have taken part of what people refer to as democratic backsliding where institutions and other rules are manipulated in order to keep them in power. He firmly believes that a democracy should be a democracy and that an autocracy should be an autocracy and that there are clear distinctions between the two that should be recognized.

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