Sujit Choudhry is a well-known international law expert with interest in comparative constitutional law. The crisis between Catalonia and Spain spark an interest in him prompting him to join hands with three other international law specialists to offer expert advice on the issue of Catalonia seceding from Spain. The experts were Zoran Oklopcic, Asanga Welikala, and Robert Howse.
Calling for a Referendum
The three scholars believe that a referendum will go a long way in saving the situation. They called upon the Catalonian President Puigdemont to push for a referendum that will voice the desire of the people. It will also show his commitment to the issue of Catalonia becoming independent. On the other hand, they urged the Spain Prime Minister Rajoy to allow the Catalonian people to hold the referendum peacefully. The three aired their disagreement with the acts of last month by the Spanish government that compromised the organized vote. They stated that continuation of such acts could lead to an abuse of human rights as well as hinder the right to self-governance for Catalonians.
The letter mainly urged the two parties to sit down and discuss amicably on the constitutional issues that are affecting them. A dialogue will serve as an act of good faith that will lead to a settlement that is agreeable to all. Also, it will uphold the principles of the European Union. They uploaded the move by the Catalonian President to push for dialogue with the Spanish government by postponing the announcement of independence in the region. A relevant article to read on works.bepress.com
About Sujit Choudhry
Sujit Choudhry is extensively trained in the law, which grounds his impressive knowledge of the subject. Sujit attained his Bachelor of Science degree from McGill University in 1992 followed by another degree from the University of Oxford two years later. Sujit Choudhry then went to the University of Toronto for a third degree and later to Harvard Law School for his postgrad in law. Refer to blogs.law.nyu.edu for a related article.
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Sujit Choudhry began his career in 1996 as a Law Clerk in the Supreme Court of Canada. Sujit went on to be a professor of law in various institutions. He currently works at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law as an I. Michael Heyman Professor of Law. He also runs his organization, Center for Constitutional Transitions. For further reference, head over to sujitchoudhry.com.