German Law Scholarly Series Concludes this Week

Lexington, VA Monday, November 28, 2011

As part of their annual comparative law research program, Washington and Lee law students serving as editors of the German Law Journal are exploring the German legal regime linked to questions of immigration and integration.

The program, called "German [Dis]Integration: The Image of the Immigrant in German Law and Culture," has included a series of seminar discussions, film screenings, and guest lectures this fall. The students have examined German constitutional law, administrative law (including immigration and asylum policy) and private/anti-discrimination law. They have also assessed German Constitutional Court cases involving a ban on the headscarf in the civil service, a ban on hilal slaughter, and the deportation to Turkey of a juvenile offender who was a Turkish citizen but had been born and raised in Germany.

The remaining events in the series include a guest lecture and the U.S. premier of an award-winning German film. On Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 4:30 p.m., Dr. Rainer Nickel, an advocate for anti-discrimination issues in Germany, will talk with students via Skype in Seminar Room 402, Sydney Lewis Hall. Then, on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 7:00 p.m., students are invited to attend a free film screening of "Almanya - Welcome to Germany" at the Vinegar Hill Cinema in Charlottesville.

The German Law Journal, co-founded and edited by W&L law professor Russ Miller, is one of the world's leading platforms for scholarship and commentary on law from a transnational perspective. 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. More than 20 Washington and Lee law students help edit and produce the Journal.

Miller recently published, Comparative Law as Transnational Law: A Decade of the German Law Journal. Prof. Miller edited the collection of German Law Journal works with co-founder Peer C. Zumbansen, a professor of law at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Canada. The works compiled in the book, authored by scholars from around the world, form a richly contextual demonstration of the increasing encounters and tensions among legal cultures. The book is available from Oxford University Press.  

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