For those who have been following the latest in international news, the ongoing standoff between the Spanish government and the president of Catalonia is one of the recurring stories. There are various ways in which the leaders involved can deal with this matter. However, the best option will be one that will not involve violence or unrest of any sort. To try and push for this some law scholars penned an open letter to both the Spanish and Catalan governments.

In this letter written by scholars of constitutional law among them Sujit Choudhry, various things were covered. One of the matters addressed was that president of Catalonia, should Mr. Puigdemont arrange another referendum in Catalonia. It shows that he is committed to the plan for secession and will also undoubtedly relay the wants of his people. It would be a good idea because while some of his citizens want to secede, a large number are against the idea and others are still undecided.

Another point they noted was that the prime minister of Spain, Mr. Rajoy, needed to accept the fact that the Catalan people may, in fact, want to secede. Additionally, they noted that nothing should be done to subdue their wishes. This was concerning the way the Spanish government tried to suppress the voter turnout for the previously arranged referendum even going to the point of brutality on October the 1st.

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It is in the view of the scholars that for a democratic and fair decision to be reached both sides need to sit down and negotiate a way forward. This will involve Mr. Rajoy understanding that he cannot keep using a heavy hand to suppress the wishes of the Catalonia people. Additionally, Mr. Sujit Choudhry and his colleagues also believe that Mr. Puigdemont should plot a way forward after holding a referendum to understand the wishes of the people he is leading.  To read the professor’s views on political related issues, click on this.

Mr.Sujit Choudhry, who co-authored the letter, is a respected authority in the fields of constitutional and international law. Check read about his published work.  He is a law professor and formerly a dean, at the University of California, Berkley. He has a master of law from Harvard University and is the director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions. Mr. Sujit Choudhry has held different teaching positions at the University of Toronto and the New York University, while also publishing over ninety academic articles papers and reports.  Check on for updates on his recent timeline activities.

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