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Sujit Choudhry became the first Indian-American dean of Berkeley Law School

Jul 2, 2014 16:48 IST

Sujit Choudhry became the first Indian-American dean of the Berkeley Law School, University of California. He is the 12th dean of the famed Law school and he will serve the institution for five years starting from 1 July 2014.

He relieved Interim Dean Gillian Lester, and replaces Christopher Edley, who stepped down in December 2013 after nearly ten years as dean.

He is a noted expert in comparative constitutional law and his core work addresses basic methodological questions in comparative constitutional law. He also studied constitutional design as a way for states to transition from civil war to peaceful democracies, especially in ethnically divided societies.

About Sujit Choudhry
• He was born in Delhi and raised in Toronto, Canada. A Rhodes Scholar, Choudhry holds law degrees from Oxford, Toronto, and Harvard.
• He was the Cecelia Goetz Professor of Law at New York University School of Law and founder of its Centre for Constitutional Transitions.
• He was a member of the United Nations Mediation Roster, and has served as a consultant to the World Bank Institute.
• He was an expert in support of constitutional transitions in Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Tunisia, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
• He had published more than 70 articles, book chapters, working papers, and reports.
• He has authored several books and they are Constitutional Design for Divided Societies: Integration or Accommodation, The Migration of Constitutional Ideas and Dilemmas of Solidarity: Rethinking Redistribution in the Canadian Federation.  
• He received the Trudeau Fellowship, Canada's equivalent of the MacArthur awards in 2010 and the South Asian Bar Association of Toronto named him Practitioner of the Year in 2011.

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