Manoj Mate is Associate 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 scholarly expertise centers on comparative public law, law in India and South Asia, judicial politics, law and development, and the study of political and environmental regulation from an interdisciplinary perspective.


Professor Mate is currently completing a book-length manuscript on judicial activism and assertiveness in the Supreme Court of India that examines how elite institutional factors, including professional and intellectual elite opinion and the media, shape and influence judicial decision making. His current research projects focus on electoral reform, corruption, and participation in the United States and India, economic liberalization and development in India and Turkey, processes of constitutional entrenchment in comparative perspective, and environmental regulation in India.His publications include book chapters in edited volumes on comparative law and law in Asia published in Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press, and articles in Columbia Human Rights Law Review, Berkeley Journal of International Law, Temple Journal of International and Comparative Law, Boston University International Law Journal, and the Journal of Human Rights.

Professor Mate currently serves on the Executive Board and as Treasurer of the Section on Law and South Asian Studies of the American Association of Law Schools, and is a founding member of the Southern California Law and Social Science Forum, which brings together scholars from the Los Angeles and Southern California area to share and discuss their research in American, Comparative, and International Law with fellow scholars, graduate students, undergraduates, and the broader intellectual community where the forum is held.

Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Mate was as a Fellow in Comparative Law at Berkeley Law School, and a Mellon-Sawyer Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Society at Berkeley. Mate was the recipient of numerous fellowships including the Mellon-Sawyer Doctoral Fellowship at the Center for the Study of Law and Society, Berkeley Law School, a Ford Foundation Visiting Fellowship, and a Department Fellowship in Political Science at Berkeley. Mate received his Ph.D. from the Travers Department of Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School. Mate received his B.A. in Political Science (with highest honors) from the University of California, Berkeley, and was awarded the Departmental Citation in Political Science, awarded to the top student in the graduating class.

Selected Recent Publications:

The Participatory Model of Indian Democracy, 48 George Washington International Law Review __ (2016, forthcoming).

The Rise of Judicial Governance in the Supreme Court of India” 33 Boston University International Law Journal 169 (2015)

Elite Institutionalism and Judicial Assertiveness in the Supreme Court of India“, 28 Temple International and Comparative Law Journal 361 (2014). (Symposium: Constitutional Conflict and Development: Perspectives from South Asia and Africa).

State Constitutions and the Basic Structure Doctrine” 44 Columbia Human Rights Law Review (2014) 

High Courts and Election Law Reform in the US and India” 32 Boston University International Law Journal 267 (2014)