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Advisory Board:

Gregor Bachmann
Nina Boeger
Matthias Casper
Helge Dedek
Hans-Michael Heinig
Florian Hoffmann
Alexandra Kemmerer
Frank Schorkopf

Senior Editors: 

Besty Baker
Jurgen Bast
Gralf-Peter Calliess

Patrycja Dabrowska
Elisa Hoven
Jen Hendry
Malcolm MacLaren
Stefan Magen
Ralf Michaels
Christoph Safferling
Emanuel Towfigh
Floris de Witte

Associate Editors:

Anna Katharina von Oettingen 

About the German Law Journal

The German Law Journal

An Open Access - Peer-Reviewed Forum for
Scholarship on Transnational Law & Transnational Encounters with
German, European & International Jurisprudence

After fourteen volumes the German Law Journal has secured a place among the world's leading academic fora concerned with transnational law.  The numbers make that much clear.  As measured by its "impact factor" the German Law Journal is t
he leading "online, peer-reviewed" law journal of any subject matter; the #2 ranked journal of any format covering European law; and the leading German-based law journal (whether online or in print).  That is quite an achievement for a journal that began life fifteen  years ago as a twice-monthly email newsletter reporting in English on the latest decisions of Germany's federal courts.

Other numbers, details and anecdotes tell a deeper story of success.  The Journal now has a no-fee subscriber list of more than 10,000 readers.  Published articles average more than 500 downloads in the firts month of publication and more than 5,000 downloads after the first year of publication.  The Journal has published many of the leading scholars, commentators and jurists it a wide range of fields.  In 2009 the Journal was celebrated on its 10th anniversary by the German Federal Ministry of Justice.  The Journal was the only law journal identified by name in the German Council of Science and Humanities Report on "The Prospects for German Legal Scholarship".  And the Journal is now cited in decisions of the German Federal Constitutional Court. 

The German Law Journal has been a pioneer among open-access scholarly journals.  It is available exclusively online and always at no cost.

Despite its title, the German Law Journal has never had an exclusive focus on German law and legal culture.  Instead, it made Germany the prism through which the grander transnational law argument was advanced.  Developments in German law are very often covered, no doubt, but in English for an English-speaking readership spread around the world.  And just as frequently, the Journal has published commentary and scholarship about non-German legal subjects, but written by German scholars or scholars who have been influenced by German jurisprudence.  And not infrequently the Journal has published innovative commentary having nothing at all to do with Germany, or Europe for that matter, but in doing so it provided a unique German audience for those contributions.

The German Law Journal joined the ranks of first-rate academic periodicals in 2003 when it introduced anonymous peer-review of all incoming article manuscripts. The Journal operates on a highly virtual, digitally networked basis with editors and peer-reviewers working in many different countries and at many different universities. The thorough review process results in the rejection of greater than 60% of all submissions.  It also facilitates extensive editorial collaboration with all authors of articles going forward for publication. At the home institutions of its editor-in-chief  -- Washington & Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Virginia, U.S.A -- the Journal is supported by the untiring, excellent work of student editors without whom the publication schedule could never be met. These students’ work surpasses, by far, the demands placed on ordinary student law review editors in terms of inclusion in the editorial process.

The transnational reach of the German Law Journal is achieved through its online presence, the high calibre of its contributors, authors and editors.  Each of these constituencies share a strong commitment to cutting-edge, border-crossing legal scholarship. As demonstrated by the variety of topics covered and the intersection of coverage of current developments with extensive scholarship and a great number of Special Issues published every few months since the Journal's early years, the German Law Journal has become a fruitful and engaged forum for comparative and interdisciplinary research and commentary. It is a common effort.  We hope you will join it.

The Allegory of Good Government

The graphic that features in the German Law Journal's banner shows a detail of Ambrogio Lorenzetti's frescoe "Allegory of Good Government" (completed between 1338 and 1340), which can be seen in the Palazzo Publico in Siena, Italy. Lorenzetti (ca. 1290-1348) worked most of his life in Siena, where he eventually died of the plague. The upper-right portion of the frescoe contains allegorical personifications of faith, charity and hope. The upper-left portion of the frescoe contains representations of peace, fortitude and prudence. In the middle, the State is depicted along with the three virtues of good government: magnanimity, temperance and justice.  In the far-left of the frescoe one finds Jutice herself, dividing on her scales the work of restoration and retribution. Lorenzetti’s Allegory has provided inspiration for scholars, policy makers and public intellectuals for centuries with regard to the ‘governance conundrum’ that it captures. We bow our heads in reverence before this unsurpassed work and express our respect for the challenges it continues to represent.

Co-Founder & Editor / Russell Miller

Russell A. Miller is a Professor of Law at the Washington & Lee University School of Law where he teaches courses in Constitutional Law and Comparative Law.  From 2002 to 2007 he was an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Idaho College of Law.

Professor Miller was a 2009/2010 Fulbright Senior Research Fellow (Germany).  He has been a frequent Visiting Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and Public International Law in Heidelberg, Germany.  Professor Miller has enjoyed a number of unique professional experiences in Europe, including service as a legal adviser and translator at the German Federal Constitutional Court (2000-2001) and a 1999/2000 Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship, during which he participated in internships at the German Federal Constitutional Court and the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France.

Professor Miller has published a number of books in the fields of Constitutional Law, International Law and Comparative Law:
  • Global Legal Traditions:  Comparative Law for the 21st Centurey (with Bazyler, Riza & Yu) (forthcoming 2015, Lexis-Nexis Publishing)

  • Donald Kommers & Russell Miller, The Constitutional Jurisprudence of the Federal Republic of Germany (3rd ed. 2012, Duke University Press)

Professor Miller holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English Literature (Washington State University - 1991), a Juris Doctor (J.D.) and Master of Arts in English Literature (M.A.) (Duke Univeristy - 1994) and an LL.M.  (Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University, Frankfurt, Germany - 2002).

Russell A. Miller
Washington & Lee University School of Law
Sydney Lewis Hall 461
Lexington VA 24450
Email: [email protected]

Co-Founder Peer Zumbansen

PEER ZUMBANSEN co-founded the German Law Journal with Russell Miller in 2000. He studied philosophy and law and holds a state law exam from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University of Frankfurt, the German Bar Exam, a Licence en droit from the Université de Paris X, an LL.M. from Harvard Law School, as well as a Ph.D. and a Habilitation from the University of Frankfurt. He holds the Canada Research Chair in Transnational Economic Governance and Legal Theory at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University in Toronto, Canada, where he was the Associate Dean (Research, Graduate Studies & Institutional Relations, 2007-2009). Professor Zumbansen is the Founder/Director of the Critical Research Laboratory in Law & Society. In 2007, he was honoured with the ‘Leadership in Faculty Teaching Award’ by the Province of Ontario, and in 2008 he was awarded the Law & Society Prize by the German Law & Society Association. His teaching and writing is concentrating on the fields of corporate governance, globalization and the law, and private law theory. He held visiting professorships Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Ireland, Columbia, Australia and Canada.

Together with Gralf-Peter Calliess, he is author of '
Rough Consensus and Running Code: A Theory of Transnational Private Law' (Hart, 2010). Together with Russell Miller, he is the editor of Comparative Law as Transnational Law: A Decade of the German Law Journal (Oxford University Press, 2011). Papers can be downloaded at

Selected publications include "
Comparative, Global and Transnational Constitutionalism: The Emergence of a Transnational Legal-Pluralist Order", (2012) 1:1 Global Constitutionalism 16-52. Preprint: Osgoode CLPE Research Paper No.  24/201; "Transnational Law, Evolving", in: Encyclopedia of Comparative Law , 738-754 (Jan Smits, ed., Edward Elgar, 2nd. ed. 2012); "Corporate governance, capital market regulation and the challenge of disembedded markets", in: William Sun, Jim Stewart and David Pollard (eds.), Corporate Governance and the Global Financial Crisis (Cambridge University Press, 2011), 248-283. Osgoode CLPE Research Paper No. 24/2010; “The Law Of Society: Governance Through Contract”, 14 Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies 191 (2007); “Law after the Welfare State: Formalism, Functionalism and the Ironic Turn of Reflexive Law”, 56 American Journal of Comparative Law 769 (2008); “Varieties of Capitalism and the Learning Firm: Corporate Governance and Labour in the Context of Contemporary Developments in European and German Company Law”. A Comment on the Strine-Bainbridge Debate", in: N. Boeger, R. Murray & C. Villiers (eds.), Perspectives on Corporate Social Responsibility (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar 2008); “‘New Governance’ in European Corporate Law Regulation as Transnational Legal Pluralism”, in: 15:2 European Law Journal (2009), 246-276, and “The State as Black Box and Market as Regulator: A Comment”, in 165:1 Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics [JITE] 2009.

He is the co-founder/editor-in-chief of the
CLPE Comparative Research in Law & Political Economy Research Papers at SSRN. Since May 2009, he is Co-Editor of Transnational Legal Theory. A Quarterly Journal. Book publications include the edited collections Law in Transition: Human Rights, Development and Restorative Justice (with Ruth Buchanan, forthcoming, 2012), Law, Economics and Evolutionary Theory (with Gralf Calliess, Edward Elgar, 2011), and
(with Cynthia Williams, Cambridge University Press, 2011).