W&L Law Prof Russ Miller Named Bosch Fellow of the Year

Lexington, VA • Thursday, June 21, 2012


Prof. Russell Miller
Washington and Lee law professor Russ Miller has been named Bosch Fellow of the Year by the Robert Bosch Foundation Alumni Association.

The Bosch Fellowship places young American professionals in high level government and private sector internships in Germany where they acquire professional experience in their chosen fields and gain knowledge of Germany and Europe. Since 1984, the Foundation has placed more than 460 young American professionals in its intensive nine-month program.  Notable alumni include Adam Posen (Member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England) and Denis McDonough (Deputy National Security Advisor – Obama Administration).

During his fellowship in 1999-2000, Miller had first-ever placements at the German Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe, Germany and the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. The award for Bosch Fellow of the Year will be presented to Miller during the Foundation's annual alumni gathering at a reception hosted by the Honorable Peter Ammon, German Ambassador to the United States on June 22 in Washington D.C.

"I'm really surprised and honored by this recognition," said Miller.  "I doubt that I deserve it.  And if I do, it's only because I'm representative of the inestimable and deeply intimate ways in which the Fellowship has touched the lives of the scores of Americans who have been privileged to participate over the program's 30 years."

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. 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. The Journal was in the vanguard of online academic journals when Miller and his co-founder Peer Zumbansen launched the project nearly fifteen years ago.

"For me, as for so many Bosch alumni, the Fellowship laid the foundation for my professional identity and established life-long, very meaningful personal and cultural connections with Germany," added Miller.

Miller is the co-author of the forthcoming English-language treatise The Constitutional Jurisprudence of the Federal Republic of Germany (with Donald Kommers) (Duke University Press 2012). Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in her foreword to the book, calls it a "masterful text." His other books include Comparative Law as Transnational Law (with Peer Zumbansen) (Oxford University Press 2011); U.S. National Security, Intelligence and Democracy (Routledge 2008); Progress in International Law (with Rebecca Bratspies) (Martinus Nijhoff 2008); Transboundary Harm and International Law:  Lessons from the Trail Smelter Arbitration (with Rebecca Bratspies 2006) (Cambridge University Press); and two volumes of The Annual of German & European Law (with Peer Zumbansen) (Berghahn Books).

For the last two years Miller served as a member of the Robert Bosch Fellowship Alumni Association's Executive Board.  During that time he led an ad-hoc Working Group that assisted the Robert Bosch Foundation with a comprehensive review of and strategic planning effort for the Fellowship Program.

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 and a criminal defense attorney in Arizona and Tennessee. During the 2009-2010 academic year Miller was as a Senior Fulbright Research Scholar and conducted research at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and Public International Law in Heidelberg, Germany.

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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