Professor Manoj Mate is an Assistant Professor of Law and Director of the Center for International and Comparative Law at Whittier Law School, and Professor (by courtesy) of Political Science at Whittier College.   Mate’s research examines international and comparative law, judicial politics, constitutional law, law and society, election law, and law and politics in India and South Asia.    At Whittier, Professor Mate teaches international law, constitutional law, and election law, and serves as a faculty advisor to the Jessup International Moot Court team.  Mate is currently working on a book manuscript analyzing the extraordinary expansion of the power of the Supreme Court of India in the post-Emergency era.

Professor Mate previously served as a Fellow in Comparative Law at Berkeley Law School, and as a Mellon-Sawyer Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Society at Berkeley.  Mate received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he served as student body president, and his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley.  Mate received his B.A. in Political Science (with highest honors, Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was awarded the Departmental Citation in Political Science, awarded to the top student in the graduating class.    Professor Mate has been awarded fellowships from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the University of California.

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Recent Articles and Publications

“State Constitutions and the Basic Structure Doctrine.” 44 Columbia Human Rights Law Review (forthcoming).

“Economic Liberalization, Development and the Supreme Court of India.” 43 Southwestern Law Review (symposium) (forthcoming 2014, invited).

“High Courts and Election Law Reform in the US and India” (article under review).

“The Evolution of Judicial Power in the Supreme Courts of India and Pakistan” (work in progress).

“Public Interest Litigation and the Transformation of the Supreme Court of in India”, in Kapiszewski, Diana, Silverstein, Gordon, Kagan, Robert (eds), Consequential Courts: New Judicial Roles in Comparative Perspective (2013) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.  Click here for publisher’s site.

Priests in the Temple of Justice: The Indian Legal Complex and the Basic Structure Doctrine,” in Halliday, Terence, Karpik, Lucien, Feeley, Malcolm (eds), Fates of Political Liberalism in the British Post-ColonyThe Politics of the Legal Complex (2012)  Click here for publisher’s site. 

“The Origins of Due Process in India: The Role of Borrowing in Personal Liberty and Preventive Detention Cases,” 28 Berkeley J. Int’l L. 216 (2010).

“Two Paths to Judicial Power:  The Basic Structure Doctrine and Public Interest Litigation in Comparative Perspective,” 12 San Diego Int’l L.J. 175 (2010).

“State Security and Elite Capture: The Implementation of Anti-Terrorist Legislation in India” (with A. Naseemullah), 9 Journal Of Human Rights 262 (Fall 2010).

“The 2000 Presidential Election Controversy” in  Persily, Nate, Citrin, Jack, Egan, Pat (eds), Public Opinion and Constitutional Controversy  (with Matthew Wright) (analyzing the impact of the Bush  v. Gore decision on public support for the Supreme Court).  Click here for publisher’s site.