Transatlantic Seminar 2020

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February 23 – March 1, 2020 • Frankfurt am Main

Each year for the last eight years American and German law students have met for an intensive, week-long course in comparative 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 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 an Editor-in-Chief of the German Law Journal.

Sponsored by Jones Day

For the fourth year, the Transatlantic Seminar will be sponsored by the law firm Jones Day and it will be hosted at the Firm’s office 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. Each scholarship will provide a travel stipend, accommodations, several group meals, as well as visits to the courts in Karlsruhe and Strasbourg.

How and When to Apply

Interested German law students should submit the following materials to Professor Miller at
• A one-page curriculum vitae (including the results of theStaatsexamen , or any intermediate examinations, if relevant); and
• A one-page statement of interest.

These materials must be submitted in English, demonstrating the high-level English-language competence that is required for effective participation in the seminar. All materials must be sent before 17:00 EST on 27 January 2020.