Meet the Faculty

Full-Time Faculty

Manoj Mate

Associate Professor of Law
Director, Center for International and Comparative 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

Contact Information

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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

Professor Manoj Mate teaches in the areas of international law, comparative law, and constitutional law. His research and scholarship focus on comparative public law, law in India, Indian politics, election law, law and society, and law and development, from an interdisciplinary perspective. Professor Mate’s academic articles and writings have appeared or are forthcoming in Columbia Human Rights Law Review, Berkeley Journal of International Law, George Washington International Law Review, 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, and he is currently working on a book manuscript on the Supreme Court of India. Manoj Mate is the Chair-Elect 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 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).
  • 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-.