The Peace, Order and Good Government Centre: An Exciting Opportunity for Canada

Published: 2020    |    By: Sujit Choudhry  |    Volume 68, No. 1


In response to the mandate letter to the Minister of Foreign Affairs directing the establishment of a Canadian Centre for Peace, Order and Good Government (CCPOGG), Sujit Choudhry provides some preliminary ideas on how such a center could operate. This article includes an overview of the current global context and its respective challenges, a look at Canada’s comparative advantages in addressing these challenges, and proposals for the structure of activities while highlighting four thematic areas on which CCPOGG could focus.

About the Author

Sujit Choudhry is the Director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions, the Principal of and a Gastwissenschaftler at the WZB Berlin Social Science Centre. He holds law degrees from Oxford, Toronto, and Harvard; was a Rhodes Scholar; served as law clerk to Chief Justice Antonio Lamer of the Supreme Court of Canada. Choudhry is an internationally recognized authority on comparative constitutional law and a leading expert on the Canadian constitution. He has spoken in nearly three dozen countries. Choudhry has advised constitutional processes for over 20 years, including in Cyprus, Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Myanmar, Nepal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Ukraine and Yemen. He has worked during ceasefires and conditions of political violence, and his experience includes technical advice to multi-party dialogues and peace processes, facilitating public dialogue sessions with civil society groups, leading stakeholder consultations, performing detailed advisory work with technical experts, training civil servants and bureaucrats, engaging party leaders and parliamentarians, and drafting technical reports and memoranda in the field. He has published over 100 articles, book chapters, working papers and reports. His books include Security Sector Reform in Constitutional Transitions (Oxford University Press, 2019), Territory and Power in Constitutional Transitions (Oxford University Press, 2019), Constitution Making (Edward Elgar, 2016), The Oxford Handbook of the Indian Constitution (Oxford University Press, 2016), and Constitutional Design for Divided Societies (Oxford University Press, 2008).