Russell Miller

Schumann Visiting Fellow 2018 - 2020

J.B. Stombock Professor of Law
W&L University of Law, Lexington, VA




Russell Miller is the J.B. Stombock Professor of Law at the Washington and Lee University of Law (Lexington, Virginia – USA).  His research and teaching focus on public law subjects (Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Public International Law), on comparative law theory and method, and on German constitutional law and legal culture. 

He is a leading foreign scholar of German constitutional law.  With Prof. Donald Kommers he co-authored the third edition of the respected treaties The Constitutional Jurisprudence of the Federal Republic of Germany (Duke Univ. Press 2012).  In 2017 he published a large comparative law study of privacy law and culture – especially as those issues intersect with states’ security practices – entitled Privacy and Powers: A Transatlantic Dialogue in the Shadow of the NSA-Affair (Cambrdige Univ. Press 2017).  He has published numerous articles in the areas of comparative constitutional law and German constitutional law.  He is the co-founder and long-serving co-Editor-in-Chief of the German Law Journal. Professor Miller’s work builds on deep and unique experiences living, working and studying in Germany.  He was a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow in 1999 - 2000 and during that time participated in internships at the German Federal Constitutional Court and the European Court of Human Rights.  He returned to the German Federal Constitutional Court as a Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter in the period when the Court was celebrating its 50th anniversary.  He earned a LL.M. at the University of Frankfurt.  And he has enjoyed a number of lengthy research stays at German law faculties and research institutes, including as a Fulbright Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and Public International Law (Heidelberg).  During his time as a Schumann Fellow at the University of Münster Law Faculty, Professor Miller has worked on scholarship focusing on the constitutional framework for executive power in the American and German systems.  He also helped conceive and convene the Future Constitution series of lectures and symposia at the Institute for Information, Telecommunication and Media Law (ITM).