Law Professor’s Book Honored at 2008 ASIL Meeting

Lexington, VA • Thursday, April 03, 2008

A new book by Washington and Lee law professor Russell Miller has been selected for the rare honor of a panel discussion during the 2008 American Society of International Law (ASIL) meeting, April 9-12 in Washington, D.C. The book, Progress in International Law, was co-edited by Professor Miller and Professor Rebecca Bratspies of the CUNY School of Law.

Progress in International Law seeks to be a comprehensive accounting of international law for modern times. Forty leading international law theorists analyze the most significant current issues in international law, and their critical assessments draw diverse conclusions about the current state and future prospects of international law.

The book draws its inspiration from a similar survey undertaken in 1932 by Manley O. Hudson, Harvard Law Professor and Judge of the Permanent Court of International Justice. In his book Progress in International Organization, Hudson sought to demonstrate that an emerging international infrastructure and moves toward the rule of law in international affairs were sure signs of human progress towards peace and cooperation. Progress in International Law critically engages that claim as a normative matter and presents the evidence by which progress towards peace can be judged.

David W. Kennedy, Harvard Law School professor and director of the European Law Research Center, calls the book a first rate collection of provocative articles. "Miller and Bratspies introduce the volume with a fascinating study of international law in the United States after the First World War – a moment parallel to our own. Then as now, international law was a collision point for political visions of America's role in the world. The field was remade, as it is being remade today by those who contribute to this excellent volume."

In addition to Professors Miller and Bratspies, panelists at the ASIL conference will include other contributors to the book: Betsy Baker, Vermont Law School; Florian Hoffmann, Law Department at the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro; Alexandra Kemmerer, University of Würzburg; and Abraham Sofaer, The Hoover Institution, Stanford University.  Tom Farer, of the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver, will moderate the discussion.

Progress in International Law, published by Martinus Nijhoff Publishers (Holland), is due in print in June (

A former criminal defense lawyer, Professor Russell Miller is an expert in comparative law and international law. Professor Miller also co-founded the German Law Journal (, the successful, online English-language transnational law journal that receives over 1.5 million visits each year.

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