Manoj Mate is a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School’s East Asian Legal Studies program for the 2017-2018 year. Prior to joining EALS, Mate was a Visiting Associate Professor of Law at the University of California Berkeley School of Law. Mate’s interdisciplinary research focuses on U.S. and comparative constitutional law, international trade law and energy, and public law in South Asia.
His current research centers on conceptualizing judicial supremacy in comparative constitutional law; judicial politics in India; comparative election law and democratic governance; and international trade law, energy policy, and development. Mate’s book project traces how institutional and political-intellectual factors motivated and shaped judicial activism in India through a study of the Indian Supreme Court’s path to empowerment.
His academic writings have been published or are forthcoming in Tulane Law Review, Columbia Human Rights Law Review, Berkeley Journal of International Law, George Washington International Law Review, The Journal of Human Rights and in peer reviewed chapters in volumes published by Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press. He has presented at numerous conferences and universities, including Harvard Law School, Stanford University, U.C. Berkeley School of Law, U.C. Irvine School of Law, Boston College, and Lewis and Clark Law School. Mate currently serves as Chair of the AALS Section on Law and South Asian Studies, and the Chair-Elect of the AALS Section on Comparative Law.
Mate received his B.A. in Political Science, with Highest Honors from the University of California, Berkeley, and was the recipient of the Departmental Citation. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, and his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. Previously, he served as a Mellon-Sawyer Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Society, and later as a Fellow in Global Comparative law at U.C. Berkeley School of Law. Previously, Mate practiced in the area of commercial litigation at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, and served as a Senior Policy Advisor to San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro.