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Sujit-Choudhry and Constitutional-making Processes and Design

“Territory and Power in Constitutional Transitions” is a compilation of essays edited by Sujit Choudhry and George Anderson. These essays present policy recommendations formed from an objective view of the intricacies that are most relevant to current conflicts such as those in Yemen, Myanmar and Libya. They also describe the many challenges posed by territorial disagreements in the constitution-making processes, as well as in constitutional design. Praised by renowned figures involved in political affairs, this volume of essays is a must-read for scholars of consociational power-sharing arrangements, federalism, devolution and asymmetric devolution. For, the extensive analysis and in-depth case studies permit unparalleled conclusions relevant for both advisors and practitioners.

Along with the release of these essays, Choudhry and Anderson have authored an accompanying policy paper under the same title. This paper has the purpose of providing insights into how claims of territories relate to the processes of constitution-making and constitutional design. The essays also offer advice that may prove useful to “principals and advisors engaged in constitutional moments.” The former CEO of the Forum of Federations and the former deputy minister for the government of Canada, Anderson has worked for the United Nations Department of Political Affairs and consulted with leaders around the globe. Sujit-Choudhry is recognized internationally as an authority on comparative constitutional law and has lectured in 30 countries. He has been consulted for more than 20 years regarding constitution building, rule of law processes and governance in such countries as Jordan, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Nepal, Yemen and Ukraine.

Sujit-Choudhry has worked in many contexts, some of which have been ceasefires and conditions of political violence. He has offered legal counsel on complex constitutional and policy issues to Canadian governments, private corporations, royal commissions, public sector agencies and NGOs. As Founder and Director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions (CT),he provides technical advice to public and multi-party dialogues, and he drafts technical reports and field memoranda.


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The Subjects of Alastair Borthwick

The classic novelist and World War II author, Alastair Borthwick was born in Scotland on February 17, 1913, and died there on September 25, 2003. In between these dates he spent an exceedingly eventful life not just as a writer of books, but also as a journalist, soldier, radio broadcaster, and television scriptwriter. He was born in Rutherglen, spent most of his childhood years in Troon, and moved to Glasgow with his family when he was 11. He would later attend high school at Glasgow High School but dropped out when he was 16 to enter the newspaper industry.

His first newspaper job was as a copytaker for the Evening Times. Shortly afterward he took a position at the Glasgow Herald where he would hold a number of different editing and writing positions. One of the pages for which he was responsible during these years was the paper’s “Open Air” page which had stories about hiking, camping, and mountain climbing in the Scottish highlands. One of the subjects he researched and wrote about was the growing movement and popularity of the commoners of Glasgow and Clydebank for those outdoor activities.

As a result, he himself was drawn into what became for him a lifelong passion for outdoors activities. During this time he wrote a series of articles about his outdoors adventures that in a few years would play a very important role in his life. In 1935, he moved to London to take a position with the newspaper the Daily Mirror. However, he does not seem to have liked London very much. After a year, he quit his job and moved back to Glasgow. There he took up a radio broadcasting position with the BBC. It was at this time that he adapted those articles he wrote for the Glasgow Herald’s “Open Air” page into a classic novel called “Always a Little Further”, which was published in 1939.