W&L Law Professor Named Fellow at Prestigious German Studies Institute

Lexington, VA Monday, April 25, 2011


Prof. Russell Miller
Washington and Lee law professor Russell Miller has been named a Non-Resident Fellow at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS), a think-tank devoted to strengthening German-American ties and collaboration across an array of disciplines.

Miller will be associated with the AICGS Foreign & Domestic Policy Program, which explores the factors shaping important domestic and foreign policy debates in the United States, Germany, and Europe as they pertain to German-American relations. As a Non-Resident Fellow, Miller will contribute publications and essays to the Institute's website and newsletter and lend his expertise in comparative and German Constitutional law to projects and events analyzing the new strategic and economic realities, societal change, and cultural differences facing American and European leaders.

"The AICGS is at the forefront of transatlantic intellectual life and has tremendous influence on policy in the U.S. and Germany," Miller said.  "My association with this prestigious Institute will enrich my research, expand my network, and enhance my collaboration with our students."

A prolific scholar, Miller is also the co-founder and co-Editor-in-Chief of the German Law Journal, one of the world's leading platforms for scholarship and commentary on law from a transnational perspective.  The Journal's English-language treatment of comparative and international law attracts more than two million site visits from more than 50 countries each year.  More than 20 Washington and Lee law students help edit and produce the Journal.

Miller's first programmatic contribution as an AICGS fellow was to organize the recent "Transatlantic Constitutional Dialogue" between North American scholars who work with German constitutional law and a contingent of the German Federal Constitutional Court's law clerks who are visiting Washington, D.C.  Held on Sunday afternoon, April 17, the program featured a lively, free-flowing discussion on the topics "Human Dignity Inflation in the Constitutional Court's Jurisprudence" and "Relations Between the Constitutional Court and International Courts:  Dialogue, Cooperation, or Conflict?". 

Along with 50 current and past Constitutional Court clerks, the program featured contributions from Miller, Professor Peter Quint of University of Maryland School of Law, and Professor Armin von Bogdandy, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and Public International Law (Heidelberg, Germany).  The program was co-hosted by the AICGS, the German Historical Institute, and the German Law Journal.

Miller joined the W&L faculty in 2008 after six years at the University of Idaho College of Law.  Prior to becoming a professor, Miller was a judicial law clerk for Judge Robert H. Whaley of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, a criminal defense attorney in Arizona and Tennessee, and a 1999/2000 Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow in Germany. During the 2009/2010 academic year Miller was as a Fulbright Scholar and conducted research in Heidelberg, Germany at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and Public International Law.

Miller graduated from high school in Salmon, Idaho, earned a B.A. while lettering in football at Washington State University, took his J.D. and a M.A. in English literature from Duke University, and received his LL.M. from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

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