The Refreshing Objectivity of Sujit Choudhry

Sujit Choudhry is a Berkeley professor who would seem to defy what most people would expect. He is interested in factual observation and what the chosen fact or statement, in this case, means as opposed to what it’s originator is trying to accomplish. In a time when information is more readily available than ever before, or in other words more “democratic“, professor Sujit Choudhry attempts to help us realize what the actions taken by governments or leaders mean for the big D-Democracy, the concept, if you will. Hop over to

His latest publication, a chapter in the book Constitutional Democracies in Crisis? focuses on a tweet by former Attorney General Eric Holder. Mr. Choudhry astutely points out a fact most people would not think about. In the tweet, Mr. Holder says “…The American people must be seen and heard – they will ultimately be determinative,” This is the last sentence, of the tweet, follow him on The interesting fact, that Choudhry points out, is the fact that Eric Holder, the former top law enforcement officer of the United States, says the people will decide what happens-not the law. Read more here on (

Whether you agree with Eric Holder, Sujit Choudhry, or anyone else in today’s world you should appreciate someone pointing out Statements or actions that seem to support a concept but actually hurt it. It’s Ironic that Eric Holder basically appealed to pure democracy-“the people” to overturn the Rule of Law that protects the idea of Democracy itself, refer to ( This is what Sujit Choudhry wrote about. The Rule of Law is important to Western Society. It is easy to forget that we created the idea. What we create, we can destroy. Sometimes, like a child building a tower of blocks, we think we are making our society bigger and better. We forget to step back and look at all sides of that tower, or we are so determined to add, just one more block, to reach higher we forget to check if we are destabilizing the whole construction. Sujit Choudhry is helping us remember to look.