In the absence of working laws, the world would be a chaotic place to live in. Even in the ancient times, there were governments and laws to control things like discipline and the economic activities that kept communities moving. Today governments from across the world apply laws to make it easy to control complex processes and solve problems. Most of the laws that are put in place are subject to changes and this brings the possibility of scholars contributing information and ideas to help in the development of the laws.
Before laws are written and applied, there is always room for research and testing to ensure all laws put in place are ideal for solving specific problems. Many scholars travel to different places across the world to get information about the laws that are applied in some regions and to probably borrow important concepts that can be integrated into new ways of governing people and processes.
This technique of borrowing and studying the laws that are applied in other regions is what is referred to as comparative law. It is a field of law that provides scholars and law experts the opportunity to tour several countries and regions to learn about laws that could be applied in their country to streamline processes.
In modern times, comparative law has been applied especially in constitutional building processes. While drafting a new constitution, there is need to include laws that are relevant to the needs of the country and its people. One of the ways experts can understand what can work in the country is through comparative law, where they pick pieces of law applied in other places and modify them to work within a specific environment.
About Sujit Choudhry
Sujit Choudhry is a law professor who specializes in comparative law and constitutional development methods. He is an acclaimed authority in the field due to the contribution he has offered towards the development of useful pieces of legislation to be integrated in governing places and activities. He has especially extended his support to peace building processes in countries like Nepal, Libya, Jordan and Tunisia. His research addresses different issues ranging from constitutional law to constitutional design and development.
Professor Sujit Choudhry founded the Center for Constitutional Transitions, where he works as director. The body mobilizes information to support constitution building by coming up with thematic research projects that provide evidence-based options for policy generation and development.