German Law Journal Publishes Special Issue with Max Planck Institute

Lexington, VA Friday, November 21, 2008

The German Law Journal, an online journal that publishes commentary and scholarship in the fields of German, European and international law, has published a special issue on international governance in association with the prestigious Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and Public International Law in Heidelberg, Germany.  The German Law Journal is co-edited by W&L law professor Russell A. Miller with the help of a number of W&L law students.

The German Law Journal's English-language treatment of comparative and international law attracts more than two million site visits from more than 50 countries each year.  In its ten years of monthly publication, the German Law Journal has published a number of important special issues. The November issue continues that tradition with a comprehensive and theoretically rich contribution to the new work being done by "Global Administrative Law Scholars." 

"Not so long ago, highly respected public law scholars could claim that the issues implicated by international or transnational governance - termed 'Global Administrative Law' - were little studied," said Miller.  "The publication of the November issue of the German Law Journal goes a long way to remedying that deficiency."

In this ambitious project, the largest issue ever published by the German Law Journal, 25 contributors seek to explain as well as demonstrate the problems and possibilities of transparency, participation, legitimacy and accountability that arise in the context of transnational governance, which is marked by an ever-increasing degree of international public authority.

In conjunction with the publication of the special issue, Washington and Lee students met with Dr. Leonie Guder, a representative of the World Bank, to discuss theories of governance that emanate from international institutions.

 "Dr. Guder reported on the reality of international governance, including the impact of the World Bank's Trust Fund Operations in Eastern Africa," said Miller.  "The students made brief, impressive presentations on the contributions to the special issue.  Their questions raised challenges to the material published and caused Dr. Guder to think deeply about the scope and character of the World Bank's authority."

The November special issue, titled "The Exercise of Public Authority by International Institutions," can be accessed at

Russell A. Miller joined Washington and Lee as an Associate Professor of Law in 2008. He teaches courses in Constitutional Law, Public International Law and Comparative Law. He has published Transboundary Harm in International Law: Lessons from the Trail Smelter Arbitration (with Rebecca M. Bratspies) (Cambridge University Press, 2006); Progress in International Law (with Rebecca M.Bratspies (Martinus Nijhoff Press, 2008); and U.S. National Security, Intelligence and Democracy: From the Church Committee to the War on Terror (Routledge Books, 2008). He is the co-founder and co-Editor-in-Chief of the German Law Journal.

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