Professor Mate’s research focuses on public law, comparative constitutional law and theory, judicial politics, law and society, and public law in South Asia from interdisciplinary perspectives. He teaches in the areas of constitutional law, international and comparative law, and election law. Mate is completing a book manuscript that traces how both institutional and elite intellectual factors motivated and shaped judicial activism in rights, governance, and basic structure cases in the Supreme Court of India. His other current research projects focus on reconceptualizing theories of judicial supremacy in comparative law; the role of constitutional in courts in protecting constitutionalism and regulating democracy; comparative election law; and the study of regulatory regimes dealing with access to information, transparency, and corruption. He is an Associate Professor of Law at Whittier Law School, and Professor (by courtesy) of Political Science at Whittier College.
His publications include “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) (invited), “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), “State Constitutions and the Basic Structure Doctrine,” in the Columbia Human Rights Law Review (2014), “Two Paths to Judicial Power: The Basic Structure Doctrine and Public Interest Litigation in Comparative Perspective” in the San Diego International Law Journal (2010), and “The Origins of Due Process in India” in the Berkeley International Law Journal (2010).
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. After law school, Mate practiced commercial litigation at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, worked for the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute for Law and Social Policy, and served as Senior Policy Advisor to San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro. Prior to teaching, Mate was a Research Fellow in Global Comparative Law at U.C. Berkeley School of Law.