Manoj Mate is Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Center for International and Comparative Law at Whittier Law School, and Associate Professor (by courtesy) of Political Science, Whittier College.  Mate’s research and scholarship focus on comparative law, constitutional law and legal theory, judicial politics, law and development, law in India and Indian politics, and the study of law and society from an interdisciplinary perspective.


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

He is currently completing a book-length manuscript that examines how elite institutional factors, including professional and intellectual elite opinion and the media, shape and influence judicial decision making in the Supreme Court of India. His other current research projects focus on the study of electoral reform, corruption, and participation in India and globally, economic liberalization and development, and processes of constitutional entrenchment in comparative perspective.

Professor Mate is the author of eleven articles and peer-reviewed book chapters.  His publications include book chapters in edited volumes on comparative law, law in India, 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, George Washington International Law Review (forthcoming), Temple Journal of International and Comparative Law, Boston University International Law Journal, and the Journal of Human Rights.

Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Mate practiced law at O’Melveny & Myers, LLP, served as a Mellon-Sawyer Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Society at Berkeley, and as a Fellow in Global Comparative Law at Bekreley Law School. Mate has been 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:

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)

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)