Russell A. Miller J.B. Stombock Professor of Law
Office: 461 Lewis Hall
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 Law, Boston College Law Review, Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, Indiana Law Journal, Journal 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 Times, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Reuters, 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.
Privacy and Power: A Transatlantic Dialogue in the Shadow of the NSA-Affair (2017), Cambridge University Press (Cambridge/New York)
The Constitutional Jurisprudence of the Federal Republic of Germany (with Donald Kommers) - Third Edition (2012), Duke University Press (Durham, N.C./London).
Comparative Law as Transnational Law: A Decade of the German Law Journal (with Peer C. Zumbansen) (2011), Oxford University Press (Oxford/New York).
US National Security, Intelligence and Democracy: From the Church Committee to the War on Terror (2008), Routledge (London).
- See Prof. Miller's full list of publications at his Scholarly Commons page.