Law Professor Russell Miller Receives Fulbright Research Grant

Lexington, VA Monday, May 04, 2009


Prof. Russell Miller
Russell Miller, associate professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar senior research grant to conduct research in Heidelberg, Germany at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and Public International Law during the 2009-10 academic year.

"Germany has become my second home and it is at the center of my scholarly identity," said Miller. "To return to Germany as a Fulbright Scholar is a tremendous privilege and an honor."

Miller will complete work on two books during his year-long stay in Heidelberg.  The third edition of his highly-regarded English-language treatise on German constitutional law, published with Professor Donald Kommers of Notre Dame Law School, is in its final edits and is due from Duke University Press in 2010. 

Miller also will research and author his contributions to a forthcoming law school casebook titled Global Legal Traditions: Comparative Law for the 21st Century.  Miller's chapters in the casebook, to be published with three co-authors by LexisNexis publishing, will examine the civil law tradition through the lens of German law and legal culture.

"Although still hotly contested by some in the United States, comparative study of foreign constitutions has emerged as an established method for illuminating and improving domestic constitutional jurisprudence," Miller said of his Fulbright projects. 

"The post-war German constitution, celebrating its 60th Anniversary in 2009, has been one of the main points of reference in this growing comparative constitutional law enterprise.  I am pleased that the Fulbright Program believes that my research might make a contribution to this trend."

Miller is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad though the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. The Fulbright Program, America's flagship international educational exchange program, is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Established in 1946, the Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.

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.

A prolific scholar, Miller is also the co-founder and co-Editor-in-Chief of the German Law Journal, one of the world's leading platforms for scholarship and commentary on law from a transnational perspective.  The German Law Journal will mark its 10th anniversary with a July celebration in Berlin at the German Federal Ministry of Justice. Nearly 20 Washington and Lee law students now help edit and produce the journal.

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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