Meet the Faculty

Full-Time Faculty

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

Professor Mate is on leave and is currently a Visiting Associate Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. Professor Mate’s academic research focuses on comparative constitutional law, comparative election law and democratic governance, and public law and politics in India and South Asia. Mate’s book project, The Rise of Judicial Power in India, traces the extraordinary activism of the Supreme Court of India and explores how the Court, driven by institutional and elite intellectual forces, has fundamentally reshaped constitutional governance. His other current research projects focus on the role of constitutional courts in protecting constitutionalism and regulating democracy; comparative election law; and the study of regulatory regimes dealing with access to information, transparency, and corruption.

Mate’s 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, Temple Journal of International and Comparative Law, and in chapters in volumes published by Oxford University and Cambridge University Press.

His publications include “Judicial Supremacy in Comparative Constitutional Law,” in Tulane Law Review (forthcoming, 2017), “India’s Participatory Model: The Right to Information in Election Law” in The George Washington International Law Review (2016), “Globalization, Rights and Judicial Review in the Supreme Court of India” in the Washington International Law Journal (2016), “Public Interest Litigation and the Transformation of the Supreme Court of India” in Consequential Courts: New Judicial Roles in Comparative Perspective (Kapiszewski, Kagan, and Silverstein, Cambridge, 2013), and “State Constitutions and the Basic Structure Doctrine,” in the Columbia Human Rights Law Review (2014).

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 earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a Mellon-Sawyer Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Society and a Research Fellow in Global Comparative Law at U.C. Berkeley School of Law.

Publications

  • The Rise of Judicial Power in India: Elites, Constitutional Governance, and the Indian Supreme Court (book manuscript)
  • Judicial Supremacy in Comparative Constitutional Law, 92 Tul. L. Rev. __ (2017)
  • Globalization, Rights and Judicial Review in India, 25 Wash. Int’l. L. J. 643 (2016) (invited, symposium).
  • India’s Participatory Model: The Right to Information in Election Law, 48 Geo. Wash. Int’l L. Rev. 377 (2016).
  • The Rise of Judicial Governance in India, 33 B.U. Int’l L.J. 169 (2015).
  • State Constitutions and the Basic Structure Doctrine, 44 Colum. Hum. Rts. L. Rev. (2014).
  • Elite Institutionalism and Judicial Assertiveness in the Supreme Court of India, 28 Temp. Int’l. & Comp. L.J. 361 (2014) (invited, symposium).
  • High Courts and Election Law Reform in the U.S. and India, 32 B.U. Int’l L.J. 268 (2014).
  • Public Interest Litigation and the Transformation of the Supreme Court of India, in Consequential Courts: New Judicial Roles in Comparative Perspective (Diana Kapiszewski, Gordon Silverstein, Robert Kagan, eds., Cambridge University Press, 2013).
  • Priests in the Temple of Justice: The Indian Legal Complex and the Basic Structure Doctrine, in Fates of Political Liberalism in the British Post-Colony: The Politics of the Legal Complex (Terence Halliday, Lucien Karpik, and Malcolm Feeley, eds., Cambridge University Press, 2012).
  • The Variable Power of Courts: The Expansion of the Power of the Supreme Court of India in Fundamental Rights and Governance Decisions (Doctoral Dissertation, U.C. Berkeley, 2010).
  • The Origins of Due Process in India: The Role of Borrowing in Personal Liberty and Preventive Detention Cases, 28 Berkeley J. Int’l L. 216 (2010).
  • Two Paths to Judicial Power: The Basic Structure Doctrine and Public Interest Litigation in Comparative Perspective, 12 San Diego Int’l L.J. 175 (2010).
  • State Security and Elite Capture: The Implementation of Anti-Terrorist Legislation in India (with A. Naseemullah), 9 J. Hum. Rts. 262 (2010).
  • The 2000 Presidential Election Controversy, in Public Opinion and Constitutional Controversy (N. Persily et al., eds., Oxford University Press, 2008) (with Matthew Wright).

  • 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-.