Sujit Choudhry Defining the Field Of Comparative Law

Comparative law is a legal field that studies the similarities and differences between the laws of various nations. It looks into the world’s legal systems including the civil law, common law, Canon law, Socialist law, Jewish law, Chinese law, and Hindu law. The study also focuses on description and analysis for foreign legal systems where no explicit comparisons exist.


As nations open up their borders for economic globalization, internationalism, and democratization, the Comparative law has become critical in this present age. Several disciplines have adopted separate branches of comparative law in the fields of administrative law, constitutional law, civil law, commercial law, and criminal law.


About Sujit Choudhry


Sujit Choudhry is the I. Michael Heyman Professor of Law who has established himself as the authority in Comparative Institutional Law. Sujit is recognized internationally for his broad ranging research agenda and in-depth experience in advising nations on constitutional development processes. Among the countries he has offered consultancy includes Egypt, Jordan, Sri Lanka, Ukrain, Tunisia, South Africa, Libya, and Nepal. Professor Choudhry received his law degrees from Oxford, Harvard, and Toronto Universities. He served as the law clerk of the Supreme Court of Canada under Chief Justice Antonio Lamer.


Professor Choudhry ( has provided research advisory in the comparative constitutional law covering the use of constitutional design to manage a transition from violent conflicts in a nation to peaceful and democratic politics. He has also extensively researched on constitutional design for ethnically divided societies; semi-presidentialism; federalism, decentralization, and secession; constitutional courts; minority and group rights; official language policy, and many more topics.


Books and Publications

Professor Choudhry has written extensively on different comparative law topics including the Canadian constitutional law. His book chapters, articles, reports, and working papers are totaling over 90. He has also released numerous edited collections including “The Migration of Constitutional Ideas (Cambridge, 2006)”, “The Oxford Handbook of the Indian Constitution (Oxford, 2016)”, and much more.


Other Career Achievements


Professor Choudhry is a law professor at the Berkeley Law School, California. Before coming to Berkeley, Choudhry served at the NYU School of Law as Cecelia Goetz Professor of Law, and at the University of Toronto as the Chairman of the Faculty of Law.


At Berkeley, he served as Dean between 2014 and 2016 during which he developed a strategic agenda founded on the pillars of access, service, innovation, and globalization. He launched a number of initiatives for the implementation of the agenda, which included access to fundraising campaigns to acquire financial aid based on needs. Choudhry formed the Berkeley Law Opportunity Scholarship that targets first-generation university students that join Berkeley.