Alastair Borthwick (17 February 1913 – 25 September 2003) was an author, rock climber, broadcaster, and World War 2 veteran from Scotland. His literary career truly kicked off with his first breakout work in 1939, “Always a Little Further”, a memoir of his experiences rock climbing throughout the Scottish highlands, followed by “Sans Peur” in 1946, a novel concerning World War 2.
Even as a teenager Borthwick pursued his literary ambitions, working with publications such as the “Evening Times” and the “Glasgow Herald”. By the 1930’s Alastair began publishing writings on his second passion, rock climbing, with Faber and Faber. His writing was notable for its unique humor and prose. When World War 2 kicked off Alastair joined the fight, quickly advancing to the rank of captain. He was responsible for a very notable feat wherein he managed to lead 600 men to a flanking position behind German lines in the Netherlands at night without the aid of maps. Alastair’s time on the battlefield served not to hamper his literary passion but to enhance it, as it inspired his second notable work in “Sans Peur”.
After the war Alastair got his start in broadcasting with the BBC, being contracted to present a three year series covering the state of Scotland. By 1952 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire. By 1960 he had moved to South Ayrshire with his wife Anne, the place where he would spend the rest of his days. He continued to work on various projects in the field of television and radio broadcasting until the end of his life, writing and presenting programs on a menagerie of subjects, regarding his work on the program “Scottish Soldier”, a thirteen part series presented from the perspective of a Scottish infantryman in World War 2, as his best work in this period.
Sujit Choudhry is a globally acclaimed lawyer, speaker and author in the field of constitution building and comparative law. He has been active in the field for over three decades and has the strong belief that comparative law is one of the underused laws in today’s date while being highly relevant in modern times. He is often consulted by the governments of different countries across the globe regarding constitution building and reformation and has also participated in the constitution building process of numerous countries, including Sri Lanka, Jordan, Tunisia, Libya, and others.
He has written and spoken on many critical global issues, including Catalan secession, middle-east crisis, and political situation in Ukraine. The inputs provided by Sujit Choudhry has been widely admired and taken for consideration by many governments to resolve their ongoing crisis in countries like Sri Lanka and Ukraine. Sujit Choudhry is also the founder of the Center for Constitutional Transitions, one of the most notable organizations helping create awareness in the field of law about comparative law and its importance worldwide. Sujit Choudhry is also one of the first people of Indian origin to become the dean of the top law college in the United States, the Berkeley Law College.
Sujit Choudhry is not afraid to face challenges, and it is the reason why he was one of the experts to visit Sri Lanka in 2003 when it was facing problems from ethnic groups. Since he has expertise in the cultures around the world, he was asked to accompany a group of experts to help solve the problems. During that time he had to travel to remote places in Sri Lanka where they were often checked by guards with guns. But, Sujit always stood for the rights of people and wanted to do the same no matter how hard it was.