Transatlantic Seminar 2019


Apply Now for the 7th Annual Transatlantic Seminar

March 3 – 9, 2019 // Frankfurt am Main

Each year for the last seven years American and German law students have met for an intensive, week-long course in comparative constitutional law and highly privileged visits to the Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) and the European Court of Human Rights. The selective program explores the theory and methods of comparative law and pursues a deep examination of a discrete issue in American and German constitutional law. The seminar’s format makes it a singular experience as it provides the two groups of students with a rare opportunity to engage intensively and intimately with peers from a foreign legal system. The Transatlantic Seminar provides a unique blend of comparative law coverage, intercultural learning, and experiences at important legal institutions.

The program is led by Prof. Russell Miller (Washington & Lee University, Virginia), the author of the leading English-language treatise on German Constitutional Law and founding Editor of the German Law Journal.

Sponsored by Jones Day

For the second straight year, the Transatlantic Seminar will be sponsored by the law firm Jones Day and hosted at the Firm’s offices in Frankfurt am Main. Recognized by JUVE in 2015 as “Kanzlei des Jahres” (“Law Firm of the Year”), Jones Day is a global firm with offices in major centers of business and finance throughout the world.

The Firm employs more than 2,500 lawyers in 43 offices, with nearly 100 lawyers in its offices in Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, and Munich.


Eight scholarships are available for German law students/Doktoranden. Each scholarship will provide a travel stipend, accommodations, several group meals, visits to two prominent legal institutions, and a cultural program.

How and When to Apply

Interested German law students/Doktoranden should submit the following materials to Professor Miller at

•       A one-page curriculum vitae (including the results of the Staatsexamen, ifrelevant);

•       A one-page statement of interest; and

•       The name and email address of a reference.

These materials must be submitted in English, demonstrating the excellent English-language competence that is required for effective participation in the seminar. All materials must be sent before 17:00 EST on 1 February 2019.