Ethnicity and Democratic Governance

Ethnicity and Democratic Governance

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Choudhry.jpgSujit Choudhry

Faculty of Law
University of Toronto

Research Statement (66 kB)

Sujit Choudhry is a Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, where is cross-appointed to the Department of Political Science in the Faculty of Arts and Science. He is a Senior Fellow of Massey College. He holds law degrees from the University of Oxford, the University of Toronto, and the Harvard Law School. Professor Choudhry was a Rhodes Scholar, and held the William E. Taylor Memorial Fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), and a Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship from Harvard. He served as law clerk to Chief Justice Antonio Lamer of the Supreme Court of Canada from 1996 to 1997. During the 1998-99 academic year, he was a Graduate Fellow at the Harvard University Center for Ethics and the Professions, and a Visiting Researcher at the Harvard Law School.

Professor Choudhry's principal research and teaching interests are Constitutional Law and Theory. He has published over 40 articles, book chapters and reports. his articles have appeared in a variety of journals, including the International Journal of Constitutional Law, the Journal of Political Philosophy, and the Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence. He is a contributor to Canadian Constitutional Law (3rd ed., 2002). Professor Choudhry is currently working on a book, Multinational Federations, Constitutional Amendment and Secession, and is editing two volumes, The Migration of Constitutional Ideas (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2006) and Dilemmas of Solidarity: Redistribution in the Canadian Federation (University of Toronto Press, forthcoming 2006).

Professor Choudhry has been extensively involved in public policy development. He was a consultant to the Royal Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada (the Romanow Commission) and the National Advisory Committee on SARS and Public Health (the Naylor Committee), the World Bank Institute at the World Bank, and was a member of a team of foreign constitutional experts on mission to Sri Lanka working with the Forum of Federations and the Centre for Policy Alternatives in support of the Sri Lankan peace process. Professor Choudhry was Chair of the Advisory Board of the South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario. He served on the Academic Advisory Committee to the Province of Ontario's Democratic Renewal Secretariat, and was a member of the Governing Toronto Advisory Panel which examined the structure of municipal government in Toronto.


    • Constitutional law and theory
    • Multinational federations
    • Constitutional amendment and secession
    • Public policy development
    • Constitutional design in multiethnic societies
    • Constitutionalism, nationalism and the state
    • The Supreme Court of Canada
    • The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
    • Judicial activism