Together with several other constitutional law experts, Sujit Choudhry, a leading constitutional law scholar, penned an open letter to the Catalan and Spanish governments. Rather than engaging in a war of words, Sujit urges them to hold a dialogue that will address the current constitutional unrest. The letter is more of a plea to both governments to put their differences aside and hold an open-minded discussion about the constitutional issues at hand.
In the letter, Sujit requests the Catalonian president to show that Catalonia is committed to seceding from Spain by drafting a referendum. It also requests that the Spanish leader, on the other hand, accept the move and hold back from words or actions that might prevent Catalonians from deciding on their right to either stay or secede.
While Sujit believes that a call for referendum calls presents constitutional difficulties for the Spaniards, it is the right of the Catalonians. The letter is, therefore, more of a plea to the Spanish and Catalan leaders to have to sit down and work on a settlement while respecting the rights of Catalonians.
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Why it is important for Catalonia and Spain to solve their conflict
The scholars are also of the opinion that taking time to solve the dispute is beneficial not just to Spain and Catalan but that it also impacts the European Union, additional info here on patch.com. They would also commend the efforts of the Catalan in postponing the referendum date to set more time for dialogue. At the same time, the experts condemned the Spanish government for implementing tough policies meant to discourage and suppress voter turnout.
Sujit Choudhry is an internationally recognized constitutional scholar, see also (Wzb.eu). Currently serving as a law professor at the University of California, Sujit has taken part in constitution building process for different countries around the world. He was particularly instrumental in the creation and review of the constitutions for such countries as Egypt, Ukraine, South Africa, Nepal, and Libya.
Sujit is also a law degree holder from Oxford and Harvard. He is also a constitutional law commentator and has written several articles, book chapters, reports related to constitutionalism and politics. His experience and contribution to the subject of constitutional law for the two decades have earned him both respect and admiration locally and internationally.