Russell A. Miller Professor of Law

Russell A. Miller

Sydney Lewis Hall 461
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Russell A. Miller joined the Washington and Lee law faculty in 2008. His teaching and scholarly research focuses on comparative law theory and methods, comparative constitutional law, German law and legal culture, and public international law.  Previously, he taught at the University of Idaho College of Law and has been a guest professor in Germany.  Alongside his status as a Professor at the School of Law, Professor Miller has a joint-appointment as Lecturer in Literature in Washington & Lee University’s College.  In that position he works extensively with colleagues and students in W&L’s German and Russian Department

Professor Miller is the author/editor of a number of books in the fields of comparative law and international law, including: The Constitutional Jurisprudence of the Federal Republic of Germany(with Donald Kommers – Duke University Press 2012); Comparative Law as Transnational Law (with Peer Zumbansen – Oxford University Press 2011); US National Security, Intelligence and Democracy (Routledge 2008); Progress in International Law(with Rebecca Bratspies – Martinus Nijhoff Press 2008); II Annual of German & European Law (with Peer Zumbansen – Berghahn Books 2007);  Transboundary Harm In International Law: Lessons from the Trail Smelter Arbitration(with Rebecca Bratspies – Cambridge University Press 2006) and I Annual of German & European Law (with Peer Zumbansen – Berghahn Books 2005).  He has published articles and commentary in the American Journal of International LawColumbia Journal of Transnational Law,Indiana Law JournalVirginia Journal of International LawJournal of National Security LawJournal of Comparative Law, and the Washington & Lee Law Review.

In 2014 Professor Miller expects the publication of Global Legal Traditions:  Comparative Law for the 21st Century (with Michael Bazyler, Sadiq Reza and Peter Yu – LexisNexis Publishing).

Professor Miller is the co-founder and Co-Editor in Chief of theGerman 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.  The Journal attracts more than 2 million site visits each year, is consistently ranked the leading on-line, peer-reviewed law journal of any subject, and contributions published by the Journal are downloaded an average of 3,000 times.  In 2009, the German Federal Minister of Justice marked the German Law Journal’s first decade with a Festakt in Berlin.  Washington & Lee University law students contribute to the production and administration of the German Law Journal.  They also participate in its scholarly programming, including the annualGerman Law in Context Seminar and other lectures.

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.  He is a regular Visiting Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute.  In 1999/2000, 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.

Professor Miller has 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.


B.A. 1991, Washington State University, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Academic All-Pac10 Football; J.D. 1994, Duke; M.A. 1994 Duke; LL.M. 2002, J.W. Goethe University, Germany, summa cum laude


Constitutional Law; Comparative Constitutional Law; Criminal Procedure; Introduction to U.S. Law for LL.M. Candidates; Public International Law; Transnational Law; Transnational Law Seminar – German Legal Culture