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Manoj Mate

Associate Professor of Law
Professor (by courtesy) of Political Science, Whittier College

Ph.D., Political Science, University of California Berkeley
J.D., Harvard Law School
B.A., Political Science, University of California, Berkeley
M.A., Political Science, University of California, Berkeley

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Tel. 714.444.4141 ext. 224
Fax. 714-444-1854
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Areas of Expertise

Comparative Law, Constitutional Law, Election Law / Law of Democracy, Law in India, Politics of India and South Asia

Manoj Mate is an Associate Professor of Law at Whittier Law School, and Professor (by courtesy) of Political Science at Whittier College. In Spring 2017, Professor Mate will be a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. Professor Mate teaches in the areas of constitutional law, international law, comparative law, and election law. His research and scholarship focus on comparative constitutional law, election law, judicial politics, and public law in South Asia. Professor Mate’s academic articles and writings have appeared or are forthcoming in journals published by Columbia, Berkeley, George Washington University, Boston University International Law Journal, Temple International and Comparative Law Journal, the Journal of Human Rights, and in book volumes by Cambridge and Oxford University Press.

Mate is currently completing a book manuscript that traces how the elite institutional context influences and shapes activism and assertiveness in the Supreme Court of India in the domains of rights and governance. His other current and future projects focus on the role of courts in policing and regulating democracy; globalization and judicial review; and comparative election law and electoral reform. He is the Chair of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section on Law and South Asian Studies, and is a member of the executive board of the AALS Section on Comparative Law.

Prior to joining Whittier, Professor Mate served as a Fellow in Global Comparative Law at Berkeley Law School, and as a Mellon-Sawyer Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Society at Berkeley, and also practiced law at O’Melveny & Myers. Mate received a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley. Mate received his B.A. in Political Science (with highest honors, Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was awarded the Departmental Citation in Political Science, awarded to the top student in the department’s graduating class.

Publications

  • Globalization and Judicial Review in India, 25 Washington International Law Journal (2016, forthcoming) (invited article).
  • The Participatory Model of Indian Democracy, 48 George Washington International Law Review __ (forthcoming, 2015)
  • The Participatory Model in Election Law (work in progress)
  • State Security and Elite Capture: The Implementation of Anti-Terrorist Legislation in India (with A. Naseemullah), 9 JOURNAL OF HUMAN RIGHTS 262 (Fall 2010).
  • Panelist on Panel “Voter Fraud v. Voter Suppression: Changes in the Voting Rights Act and Voter ID Laws,” 2nd Annual Diversity and Social Justice Forum at the Dale E. Fowler School of Law, Chapman University, November 4, 2016.
  • Globalization, Human Rights, and Judicial Review, to be presented at symposium, “Asian Courts and Constitutional Politics in the 21st Century,” University of Washington School of Law, October 1, 2016.
  • The Elite Intellectual Origins of Judicial Empowerment, to be presented at panel, “Comparative Constitutionalism,” 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Philadelphia, PA, September 2016.
  • Discussant, Contesting Legitimacy: Legal Mobilization, Political Power, and Moral Order in Comparative Contexts, 2016 Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association, New Orleans, Louisiana, June 2, 2016.
  • Fundamental Rights and Obergefell” presented at Roundtable: LGBTQ Politics Post-Obergefell at 2016 Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Association, San Diego, California, March 25, 2016.
  • Commentator, Fragile Democracies: Contested Power in the Era of Constitutional Courts (by Samuel Issacharoff, NYU Law) at Center for Democracy Development and Reform Workshop, Stanford University, November 5, 2015.
  • “Neoliberal Religiosity in Turkey and India” (with Seval Yildirim), presented at panel “Courts and Economic Rights in a Neoliberal Age,” 2015 Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association, Seattle, Washington, May 30, 2015.
  • India’s Participatory Model, presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Sections on Africa and Comparative Law Panel: “Comparative Law Expanded: Methodology and Public Law in Nontraditional Comparative Legal Systems” (selected from Call for Papers).
  • Neoliberal Religious Parties in the Secular State: India and Turkey (with Seval Yildirim), presented at Class Crits VII, University of California, Davis School of Law, November 14-15, 2014.
  • Presenter, “Voting Rights Post-Shelby: What Should Congress Do Now?,” Law Week 2014, Los Angeles Law Library, May 2, 2014.
  • Presenter on panel, “Is Voting a Human Right?”, Law Week 2014, Los Angeles Law Library, May 2, 2014.
  • Rethinking the Participatory Model in Election Law, presented at the Second Annual Meeting of the Southern California Law and Social Science Forum, Whittier Law School, March 28, 2014.
  • Elite Institutionalism and the Supreme Court of India, presented at panel on Constitutional Conflict and Development: Perspectives from South Asia and Africa (Africa and Law and South Asian Studies Joint Program, Co-Sponsored by Sections on Comparative Law and Constitutional Law), Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools, New York, NY, January 4, 2014.
  • The Evolution of Judicial Power in the Supreme Courts of India and Pakistan, 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, August 2013.
  • The Judicial Response to Electoral Reform in the U.S. and Indian Supreme Courts, presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Association, Hollywood, California, March 2013.
  • “Protecting the Ability to Openly Challenge Government Policies Crucial for Democracy,” India Abroad, November 30, 2012 (interviewed for article).
  • Public Interest Litigation and the Expansion of Judicial Power in India, presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association, Honolulu, Hawaii, June 2012.
  • The Expansion of the Power of the Supreme Court of India in Governance, presented at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association, San Francisco, California, June 2011.
  • Learning from the Mistakes of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA): The Mumbai Terror Attacks and the Future of Anti-terrorist Law in India, presented at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association, Denver, Colorado, May 2009.
  • Priests in the Temple of Justice: Judicial Independence, the Basic Structure Doctrine and the Legal Complex in India, presented at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association, Denver, Colorado, May 2009.
  • Rights, Governance, and the Expansion of Judicial Power in India, presented at Indian Democracy: Justice & the Law, FDRI/Berkeley Seminar on Indian Democracy, co-sponsored by the Center for South Asia Studies, University of California, Berkeley and the Foundation for Democratic Reforms in India, September 26-27, 2008.
  • State Security and Elite Capture: The Implementation of Anti-Terrorist Legislation in India (with A. Naseemullah), presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Boston, Massachusetts, August 29, 2008 (Winner, Best Paper Award, Human Rights section).
  • Two Paths to Judicial Power: The Basic Structure Doctrine and Public Interest Litigation, presented at the Andrew W. Mellon-Sawyer Seminar: The Dilemmas of Judicial Power in Comparative Perspective, Center for the Study of Law and Society, University of California, Berkeley, January 31, 2008.
  • Bush v. Gore and the Microfoundations of Public Support for the U.S. Supreme Court, (with Matthew Wright) presented at the 2006 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
  • Association of American Law Schools Section on Law and South Asian Studies, Chair-Elect, Executive Board Member, 2014-present.
  • Association of American Law Schools Section on Comparative Law, Secretary, Executive Board Member, 2015-present.
  • American Society of Comparative Law, Editor for Whittier Law School, 2014-.

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