Sujit Choudhry recently responded to the crisis trigged in Spain as a result of the 2017 Catalan referendum on independence. Sujit Choudhry, together with a number of other prominent law scholars, sent an open letter to the respective governments of Spain and Catalonia imploring them to keep an open mind on the issue of Catalan independence. Without taking a side in the dispute Sujit Choudhry recommended that both sides engage in an open dialogue on this sensitive subject. The letter implores both sides to take steps to relive the current tensions. For Catalan, Choudhry believes that it is necessary to have another referendum to confirm that it is truly the desire of the people to separate from Spain. For Spain, Choudhry advises that the government and Spanish people may have to prepare mentally for a potential peaceful separation by Catalan. The overarching goal in Choudhry’s opinion is for the process to proceed peacefully regardless of the result, more information on sujitchoudhry.com.
Sujit Choudhry specifically urges dialogue and suggests that open communication between the Spanish and Catalan governments will help ensure that the process remains peaceful and cordial. Sujit Choudhry is encouraged by the actions of Catalan leader Puigdemont’s decision in 2017 to suspend a declaration of independence based on the referendum, refer to (Medium.com). Such a move shows good faith and a willingness to engage in a dialogue with his Spanish colleagues, rather than simply declaring independence and triggering a crisis between Spain and Catalonia. Indeed, it is possible that the Catalan people only voted in favor of independence in response to the Spanish attempts to suppress the referendum, reference (Instagram.com). If given another chance it is perfectly possible that the Catalan people might choose some option other than complete independence. Sujit Choudhry concludes that keeping an open mind that could lead to further negotiations is not only good for Spain and Catalonia, but for the entire European Union that will look on this negotiation as a blueprint for future disputes within the Union, see https://www.wzb.eu/en/personen/sujit-choudhry.