Manoj Mate is an Associate Professor of Law at Whittier Law School, and holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Political Science at Whittier College. Professor Mate received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, and holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley, where he focused on comparative politics, American politics, public law, and judicial politics in India and South Asia. Mate also 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.

Mate’s research and scholarship focus on comparative constitutional law, judicial politics, law in India and South Asia, Indian politics, law and development, and comparative election law. His current and forthcoming publications include book chapters in edited volumes in Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press, and articles in Columbia Human Rights Law Review, Berkeley Journal of International Law, The George Washington International Law Review, Temple Journal of International and Comparative Law (invited), Boston University International Law Journal, Washington International Law Journal (invited), and the peer-reviewed Journal of Human Rights.

Prior to joining Whittier, Professor Mate served as a Fellow in Global Comparative Law at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, and as a Mellon-Sawyer Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Society at Berkeley.  Prior to entering the legal academy, Mate also served as Senior Policy Advisor to San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro (now U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development) for environmental and sustainability policy, practiced law at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, and also worked on voting rights and immigration policy for the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at Berkeley.

Mate currently serves as Chair-Elect of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Section on Law and South Asian Studies, and as Secretary and a member on the Executive Board of the AALS Section on Comparative Law.

Selected Recent Publications: 

Globalization and Judicial Review in India, 25 Washington International Law Journal __(forthcoming, 2016)

India’s Participatory Model: The Right to Information in Election Law“, 48 George Washington International Law Review __ (forthcoming, 2015).

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

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

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).

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

Public interest Litigation and the Transformation of the Supreme Court of India, in CONSEQUENTIAL COURTS: NEW JUDICIAL ROLES IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE (Kapisewski, Silverstein, Kagan, eds., Cambridge Univ. Press 2013).

Priests in the Temple of Justice:  The Indian Legal Complex and the Basic Structure Doctrine, in FATES OF POLITICAL LIBERALISM IN THE BRITISH POST-COLONY: THE POLITICS OF THE LEGAL COMPLEX (Halliday et al, eds. Cambridge Univ. Press 2012).

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).