Russell A. Miller J.B. Stombock Professor of Law

Phone: 540-458-8516


Office: 473 Lewis Hall 

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Area of Expertise

Public Law (Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, International Law), Comparative Law Theory and Method, German Law and Legal Culture


BA, 1991, Washington State University

MA, 1994, Duke University

JD, 1994, Duke University

LLM, 2002, J.W. Goethe University, Germany


Russell Miller joined the Washington and Lee law faculty in 2008. His teaching and scholarly research focuses on public law subjects (Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, International Law), Comparative Law Theory and Methods, and German Law and Legal Culture. Previously, he taught at the University of Idaho College of Law. He often has been a guest professor in Germany. Alongside his work at the School of Law, Professor Miller has a joint-appointment as Lecturer in Literature in Washington and Lee University's undergraduate College. In that position he works extensively with colleagues and students in W&L's German and Russian Department

Professor Miller, a recognized expert in German Law and Legal Culture, is the author/editor of a number of books in the fields of comparative law and international law. His books are listed to the right.

He has published articles and commentary in the American Journal of Comparative Law, American Journal of International LawBoston College Law Review, Columbia Journal of Transnational LawIndiana Law JournalJournal of Comparative Law, Journal of National Security Law, Virginia Journal of International Law, and the Washington and Lee Law Review.

Professor Miller is the co-founder and Co-Editor in Chief of the German Law Journal, an on-line, English-language journal reporting on developments in German, European and International jurisprudence.  Now in its second decade, the German Law Journal is one of the most successful and innovative fora for legal scholarship from a transnational perspective.  Washington and Lee University law students contribute to the production and administration of the German Law Journal.  They also participate in the Journal's scholarly programming, including the annual Transatlantic Seminar held in Frankfurt, Germany.

Professor Miller has been recognized for his work on German law and transatlantic affairs.  In 2013 Professor Miller was named a KoRSE Fellow at the University of Freiburg.  Professor Miller was a 2009/2010 Fulbright Senior Research Fellow in residence at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and Public International Law in Heidelberg, Germany.  In 1999/2000, Professor Miller was a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow and during that program he participated in internship and clerkship experiences at the German Federal Constitutional Court and the European Court of Human Rights.  In appreciation for his work on behalf of the Bosch Fellowship and German-American relations, Professor Miller was recognized as the Bosch Alumni of the Year in 2012.

Professor Miller has contributed to or been quoted or cited in a number of global media sources, including The Los Angeles Timesthe Frankfurter Allgemeine ZeitungReuters, and Der Spiegel.  

Professor Miller served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Robert H. Whaley of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington.  For four years prior to becoming a professor, Miller served as appellate and post-conviction counsel for indigent, death-sentenced inmates in the state and federal courts of Arizona and Tennessee. Professor Miller is admitted to the Arizona State Bar.  Professor Miller grew up in Priest River and Salmon, Idaho. He graduated with a B.A. in English Literature (cum laude / Phi Beta Kappa) and an Honors Program Certificate from Washington State University in 1991.  Professor Miller lettered and earned Academic All-Pac10 honors as a scholarship member of the WSU Cougars football team. Professor Miller graduated from Duke University with a J.D. and M.A. in English Literature in 1994. Professor Miller received an LL.M. (summa cum laude) from Johann Wolfgang Goethe University (Frankfurt am Main, Germany) in 2002.

News and Developments

Russell A. Miller - FAZ Einspruch Magazine Essay
"Judicial Politics:  A Reflection"   

Russell A. Miller, Panel Presentation at CATO Policy Forum (Washington, April 18, 2018)
"What Europe Can Teach the U.S. About Free Speech"

Russell A. Miller - FAZ Einspruch Magazine Essay
"Doubts about the Transatlantic Relationship?  Let the Law Decide!"

Virginia Festival of the Book Panel Dedicated to Prof. Miller's book Privacy and Power
(local media coverage of panel:  Charlottesville Daily Progress; Roanoke Times)

Russell A. Miller - Lecture at German Security and Intelligence Services Conference (Berlin, March 16, 2018)
(Sponsored by Federal Chancellery and Federal Interior Ministry)
"President Trump, or:  How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the FBI"

Russell A. Miller leads 6th Annual Transatlantic Law Seminar in Frankfurt with support from German Law Journal and Jones Day (March 4-10, 2018)
"7 Days in Germany: A Report from Transatlantic Seminar Students"

Berlin Program Honoring Professor Miller's Book - Privacy and Power

Russell A. Miller - New Article Published by Boston College Law Review
"A Pantomime of Privacy: Terrorism and Investigative Powers in German Constitutional Law"   

Russell A. Miller - FAZ Einspruch Magazine Essay
"Law's Labor Lost?"   

Quoted by Marlene Grunert - FAZ Einspruch Magazin Essay
"Rebellion gegen Trump - Widerborstiges Kalifornien"   

Russell A. Miller - FAZ Einspruch Magazine Essay
"Shocking: German Law Faculties in Global Rankings"

Russell A. Miller - Technology & Marketing Law Blog Post
"German Court Says Ad-Blocking is Liberation, Not Extortion"

Russell A. Miller - New Draft Article Posted at SSRN
"Liberation, Not Extortion: The Fate of Internet Ad-Blocking in German and American Law"

Russell A. Miller - New Article at the American Journal of Comparative Law [SSRN]
"On Hostility and Hospitality: Othering Pierre Legrand"

Russell A. Miller - Verfassungsblog Post
"Literature as Human Dignity: The Constitutional Court's Misguided Ban of the Novel Esra"

Russell A. Miller - JOTWEL Post
"Private No More: Exposing the Praxis of Comparative Law for What It Is"
Reviewing Ronald J. Krotoszynski's Privacy Revisited: A Global Perspective on the Right to Be Left Alone (2016)  

Russell A. Miller - ChimesFreedom Post
"The Wrong American War"
Reviewing Omar El Akkad's American War - A Novel (2017)  

Russell A. Miller - Lawfare / Hoover Books Podcast
"Privacy & Power: A Transatlantic Dialogue in the Shadow of the NSA-Affair"  

Russell A. Miller - Lawfare Post
"Balancing Privacy and Security in Germany"  

Russell A. Miller - Verfassungsblog Post
"How to Kill an Idea: An American's Observations on the NPD Party-Ban Proceedings"  

Russell A. Miller - Cambridge Core Blog Post
"Privacy and Power in the Trump Era"  

Russell A. Miller - Goethe Institute Post

Russell A. Miller - Future of Privacy Forum Lecture (YouTube Video)
"Basics of German Legal System - Focus on Privacy"  

Russell A. Miller - Lawfare Post
"German Intelligence:  Operation Chaos"