W&L Law Professor to Testify on German Legal Education

Lexington, VA Wednesday, October 12, 2011


Prof. Russell Miller
On Oct 13-14, Washington and Lee Law Professor Russell Miller will testify in Munich, Germany at hearings focused on the reform of German legal education and research. The hearings, called by the German Council of Science and Humanities, have been organized by the Working Group "The Development of Legal Education and Research," under the Chairmanship of Prof. Peter Strohschneider of the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich.

The Working Group will present concrete recommendations for reform to the Federal and State governments with the aim of positioning German legal education and scholarship to respond to the Europeanization and globalization of the field. All facets of the discipline will be discussed, including law as an academic discipline, criteria for evaluating education and research and international developments in the field.

Seven foreign scholars with extensive contacts with the German legal culture have been called to appear at the hearing, including faculty and scholars from the London School of Economics, the University of Amsterdam, the University of Vienna, Osaka City University, the University-Pantheon Paris, and Hungary. Miller is the only American appearing.

The German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat) is the leading science policy advisory body in Germany. Its recommendations on the development of science, research and higher education, help to ensure that German science and humanities remain competitive at the national, European and international level. The recommendations of the Wissenschaftsrat involve considerations concerning quantitative and financial effects and the implementation of such considerations, always taking into account the demands of societal, cultural and economic life.

Miller is the co-founder and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the German Law Journal - a highly respected English-language forum for scholarship on developments in German and European jurisprudence. More than twenty W&L students assist him with the administration and production of the Journal. He also is the author of the forthcoming English-language treatise The Constitutional Jurisprudence of the Federal Republic of Germany (Duke University Press 2012).

In September, Miller was invited to consult during a closed-door session at the Brookings Institute with representatives from the National Counter-Terrorism Center on European legal institutions and their impact on transnational global anti-terror policy. He discussed cases before the European Court of Human Rights involving extradition of suspected terrorists to the U.S. from European countries and European Countries' involvement in extraordinary rendition to CIA black-sites for interrogation.

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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