Manoj Mate

Visiting Professor of Law
Manoj Mate

Expertise:

Constitutional Law, International and Comparative Law, International Trade Law, Globalization, Empirical Legal Studies, Law and Society

Background:

Professor Mate’s research centers on international trade law and development, U.S. and comparative constitutional law, judicial politics, and comparative election law.  His current research focuses on international trade law’s impact on development policy space; the role of private and state actors in implementing international trade law norms in Asia and North America; the role played by lower courts in constitutional guardianship; and comparative election law.

His academic writings have been published or are forthcoming in law reviews and journals including Yale Journal of International LawStanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil LibertiesColumbia Human Rights Law ReviewBerkeley Journal of International LawTulane Law Review, the Journal of Human Rights, and in peer-reviewed chapters in volumes published by Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press. 

His recent and forthcoming publications include Inverted Judicial Guardianship (forthcoming, Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties), The WTO and Development Policy Space in India (Yale Journal of International Law), Solar Trade Wars (forthcoming), Judicial Supremacy in Comparative Constitutional Law (Tulane Law Review), and Regulating Electoral Speech, in Comparative Election Law (James Gardner, ed. Elgar, forthcoming 2021).

Prior to joining UC Irvine, Professor Mate was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School’s East Asian Legal Studies program, a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of California Berkeley, School of Law, a Professor of Law and Political Science at Whittier College School of Law, where he directed the Center for International and Comparative Law, and a Fellow in Global Comparative Law at UC Berkeley.

Prior to law teaching, Professor Mate practiced law at O’Melveny & Myers, and also practiced in the area of election law.  He also served as Senior Policy Advisor to San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro for energy, sustainability, and health policy.  Mate received his Ph.D. in Political Science from UC Berkeley, where he was a Mellon Sawyer Fellow in Comparative Constitutional Law, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.  He received his B.A. in Political Science, with highest honors, from UC Berkeley, and graduated as the valedictorian of the Political Science class. 

Professor Mate is the previous Chair of the Association of American Law Schools' (AALS) Section on Comparative Law  and Section on Law and South Asian Studies, and has served on the executive board of the AALS Section on Comparative Law, and the Section on Law and South Asian Studies.

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  • Invited Panelist, Roundtable on Comparative Public Interest Law, Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association, Chicago, Illinois, Summer 2021.
  • Invited Panelist, Comparative Law and Socioeconomic Rights, AALS Section on Comparative Law Program, Annual Meeting of the American Association of Law Schools, San Francisco, California, January 2021 (remote/online conference).
  • Invited Panelist, The Role of Public Health in Trade After the COVID-19 Crisis, AALS Section on Law and South Asian Studies, Annual Meeting of the American Association of Law Schools, San Francisco, California, January 2021 (remote/online conference)
  • Keynote Speaker, 13th Annual Supreme Court Review, Concerned Citizens of Laguna Woods, October 2020.
  • Commentator, The Youngstown Canon (by Kristen Eichensehr),  Southern California International Law Scholars Workshop, University of Southern California Gould School of Law, February 2020.
  • Moderator, Careers in International Panel, U.C. Irvine School of Law, February 12, 2020.
  • Keynote Speaker, 12th Annual Supreme Court Review, Concerned Citizens of Laguna Woods, September 3, 2019.
  • Comparative Constitutional Law and LGBTQ Rights, presented at 4th National People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, American University, March 21-24, 2019, presentation and comments to be published in Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Amicus Blog.
  • U.S. Trade Wars with China and India, presented at “International Law in Year Three of the Trump Administration”, Center for Globalization, Law and Society, University of California, Irvine School of Law, March 14, 2019.
  • The WTO and Development Policy Space in India, presented at Wake Forest University School of Law, February 27, 2019.
  • The WTO and Development Policy Space in India, article selected for presentation at 2019 Southern California International Law Scholars Workshop, Loyola Law School, February 15, 2019.
  • The WTO and Development Policy Space in India, to be presented at Faculty Scholarly Roundtable, UC Irvine School of Law, February 13, 2019.
  • The Globalization Law Trade Gap, to be presented at Trade and Investment Across Asia,   Joint Program of AALS Section on Law and South Asian Studies, and AALS Section on Comparative Law, January 2019.
  • Presenter, Comparative Constitutional Law and Judicial Politics, AALS Section on Comparative Law Program, Annual Meeting of the American Association of Law Schools, New Orleans, Louisiana, January 2019.
  • Free Speech and Protest Rights, to be presented at “The NFL National Anthem Controversy”, Western Law Professors of Color and Conference of Asian Pacific Law Faculty, UNLV Boyd School of Law, October 19-20, 2018.
  • Chair, Global Trends in Election Law: Comparative Perspectives, Comparative Law and South Asian Studies Joint Program, Annual Meeting of the American Association of Law Schools, San Diego, California, January 4, 2018.
  • Global Solar Trade Wars and the WTO, presented at U.C. Irvine School of Law Faculty Workshop, Irvine, California, November 8, 2017.
  • Comparative Constitutional Law and Indigenous Rights in Canada: Insights from India, presented at “Rewriting the Canadian Constitution” conference, The Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy, Boston College School of Law, October 19, 2017.
  • Global Solar Trade Wars and the WTO, presented at Harvard Law School East Asian Legal Studies Workshop, Cambridge, Massachusetts, October 16, 2017.
  • Judicial Power and Constitutional Transformation in India, presented at the University of California at Berkeley, School of Law, April 2017.
  • Reconceptualizing Judicial Supremacy, presented at the Fourth Annual Southern California International Law Scholars Workshop, University of Southern California, Gould School of Law, February 10, 2017.
  • Chair, Comparative Constitutional Law in South Asia: Sources, Methods, and Applications, Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), San Francisco, California, January 6, 2017.
  • Chair, Fundamental Rights and Constitutional Transitions in South Asia, Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), San Francisco, California, January 7, 2017.
  • The Elite Intellectual Origins of Judicial Empowerment, 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.
  • Neoliberal Religiosity in the Secular State in Turkey and India (with Seval Yildirim), presented at:
    • Southern California International Law Scholars (SCILS) workshop, UCLA School of Law, February 6, 2016 
    • “Courts and Economic Rights in a Neoliberal Age,” 2015 Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association, Seattle, Washington, May 30, 2015.
  • Neoliberalism and Development in India, presented at “Imagining Alternatives: Progressive Economics & Social Movements”, Occidental College, February 6, 2016.
  • Participant, APALSA Election Law Panel, U.C. Irvine School of Law, November 13, 2015.
  • Commentator, Fragile Democracies: Contested Power in the Era of Constitutional Courts (by Samuel Issacharoff, NYU Law), at Center for Democracy Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) Workshop , Stanford University, November 5, 2015.
  • India’s Participatory Model, presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Law Schools, Comparative Law Session: "Comparative Law Expanded: Methodology and Public Law in Nontraditional Comparative Legal Systems" (one of two papers selected from call for papers), January 2015.
  • American Association of Law Schools, Comparative Law Section, Chair, 2018-
  • American Association of Law Schools, Law and South Asian Studies Section, Chair, 2017-2018
  • Best Paper Prize, Human Rights Section, American Political Science Association (2009).
  • Ford Foundation Visiting Fellowship, Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India (2006).
  • Honorable Mention, National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship Program (2005).