Manoj Mate’s research centers on international trade law, U.S. and comparative constitutional law, and comparative election law.   He is currently a Visiting Professor at U.C. Irvine School of Law, and affiliated faculty with the Center for Globalization, Law, and Society. Professor Mate previously served as a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School, a Visiting Professor at U.C. Berkeley School of Law, and as a law professor at Whittier College School of Law.

His academic writings have been published or are forthcoming in law reviews and journals including Yale Journal of International Law, Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Columbia Human Rights Law ReviewBerkeley Journal of International LawTulane Law Review, the Journal of Human Rights, and in peer-reviewed chapters in volumes published by Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press. Professor Mate is the previous Chair of the Association of American Law Schools’ (AALS) Section on Comparative Law  and Section on Law and South Asian Studies, and currently serves on the executive board of the AALS Section on Law and South Asian Studies.

His recent and forthcoming publications include The WTO and Development Policy Space in India (forthcoming, Yale Journal of International Law), Solar Trade Wars  (forthcoming), Inverted Judicial Supremacy (forthcoming), Judicial Supremacy in Comparative Constitutional Law (Tulane Law Review), and Regulating Electoral Speech, in Comparative Election Law (James Gardner, ed. Elgar, forthcoming 2019).

Prior to joining UC Irvine, Professor Mate was an Associate Professor of Law and Political Science at Whittier College School of Law, where he directed the Center for International and Comparative Law, a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School, and a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of California Berkeley, School of Law.

He also previously served as a Mellon Sawyer Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Society at Berkeley, and Fellow in Global Comparative Law at UC Berkeley School of Law.  Mate received his Ph.D in Political Science from UC Berkeley, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.  He received his B.A. in Political Science, with highest honors, from UC Berkeley, where he was the recipient of the Department Citation in Political Science.  

Prior to law teaching, Professor Mate practiced business and commercial litigation and election law in California.  He also served as Senior Policy Advisor to San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro, where he worked on sustainability, green jobs, renewable energy, and public health policies.

Research and Publications:

Solar Trade Wars and the WTO  (work in progress).

Inverted Judicial Supremacy, Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (2021) (forthcoming).

The WTO and Development Policy Space in India, Yale Journal of International Law (2020)(forthcoming).

Regulating Electoral Speech (in progress), in Comparative Election Law (James Gardner, ed. Elgar Press, forthcoming 2020).

Constitutional Erosion and the Challenge to Secular Democracy in India, in Mark Graber, Sanford Levinson, and Mark Tushnet, eds., CONSTITUTIONAL DEMOCRACIES IN CRISIS? (forthcoming, Oxford. Univ. Press, 2018)(peer reviewed).

Judicial Supremacy in Comparative Constitutional Law, 92 Tulane Law Review (2017) (forthcoming).

Globalization, Rights and Judicial Review in the Supreme Court of India 25 University of Washington International Law Journal 643 (2016) (invited article, Symposium on Asian Courts and Constitutional Politics in the 21st Century, University of Washington).

India’s Participatory Model: The Right to Information in Election Law  48  George Washington University International Law Review  377 (2016).

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 & Comparative Law Journal  361 (2014) (AALS Symposium: Constitutional Conflict and Development: Perspectives from South Asia and Africa).

State Constitutions and the Basic Structure Doctrine 45 Columbia Human Rights Law Review 441 (2014)

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 Kapiszewski, Silverstein, Kagan, eds., CONSEQUENTIAL COURTS: NEW JUDICIAL ROLES IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE  (Cambridge University Press, 2013)(peer reviewed).

Priests in the Temple of Justice: The Indian Legal Complex and the Basic Structure Doctrinein Halliday, Karpik, Feeley, eds.,  FATES OF POLITICAL LIBERALISM IN THE BRITISH POST-COLONY: THE POLITICS OF THE LEGAL COMPLEX   (Cambridge University Press, 2012)(peer reviewed).

The Origins of Due Process in India: The Role of Borrowing in Personal Liberty and Preventive Detention Cases, 28 Berkeley Journal of International Law 216 (2010).

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

The 2000 Presidential Election Controversy, in Persily, Citrin, Egan, eds.,  PUBLIC OPINION AND CONSTITUTIONAL CONTROVERSY (Oxford University Press, 2008) (with Matthew Wright)(peer reviewed).