During the Spain and Catalonia crisis, a number of legal scholars spoke out about it. One of these was comparative constitutional law scholar Sujit Choudhry. He called on both sides to stand down and engage in a mutually respectful dialog. He was hoping that both sides would act in good faith and peacefully resolve their constitutional disagreement.
Along with other legal scholars, Sujit Choudhry penned a letter addressed to both sides of the conflict. They wanted President Puigdemont of Catalonia to show that his commitment to succeeding from Spain was genuine. They stated the best way to do so was to hold a national referendum so that the people of Catalan could express their desires.
On Spain’s side, the letter asked Prime Minister Rajoy to respect the fact that many people in Catalan want to secede and not to do engage in any more violent repression.
The constitutional scholars ended the letter by noting that both sides would need to agree on a constitutional settlement through which both sides rights and responsibilities would be respected. Sujit Choudhry wrote that open dialog was the route to resolve this issue. The majority of people in Catalan want to be independent from Spanish rule it is believed. The issue needs to be dealt with in a peaceful manner as otherwise the ideals that the European Union were established upon would be eroded.
Sujit Choudhry is originally from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He now resides in Berlin, Germany, where he is a guest researcher at WZB Berlin Social Science Center. He is also the director of an organization he established, the Center for Constitutional Transitions, which works to flesh out constitutional issues with accurate and timely information.
When he was a college student, Sujit Choudhry attended schools in three countries. These were Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Since that time he has advised policymakers around the world and advised them on what they should include in their constitutions. He has also worked as a college professor including at the New York University School of Law where he was the Cecelia Goetz Professor of Law. Learn more details here on sujitchoudhry.com.
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