CfP: Chicago-Kent Faculty of Legislation, United States of America | [Cash Prize: Rs. 7.45 Lakh]

About the organization

Founded in 2007 at the Chicago-Kent College of Law by the late Roy C. Palmer ’62 and his wife Susan M. Palmer, the award recognizes academic work that addresses the tension between civil liberties and national security in American society today examined. The US $ 10,000 award is designed to encourage and reward public debate among scholars on topical issues that affect the rights of individuals and the responsibilities of governments around the world.

Articles or books submitted for the competition must be in draft form or published within one year before July 1st. As a prerequisite for accepting the award, the winner presents his work in Chicago-Kent. All reasonable costs will be paid. (Download a printable copy of the call for entries.)

Previous recipients of the Palmer Prize include:

  • Timothy H. Edgar for Beyond Snowden: Privacy, Mass Surveillance, and the Fight to Reform the NSA (Brookings Institution Press 2017)
  • Hugh Gusterson for Drone: Remote Control Warfare (MIT Press 2016, Paperback 2017)
  • Jennifer Stisa Granick for American Spies: Modern Surveillance, Why You Should Care And What To Do About It (Cambridge University Press 2017)
  • Laura K. Donohue for the Future of Foreign Intelligence: Data Protection and Surveillance in the Digital Age (Oxford University Press 2016)
  • Benjamin Wittes and Gabriella Blum for the Future of Violence: Robots and Germs, Hackers and Drones – A New Age of Threat (Basic Books 2015)
  • Heidi Kitrosser for Reclaiming Accountability: Transparency, Executive Power, and the U.S. Constitution (University of Chicago Press 2015)
  • Ganesh Sitaraman for the Constitution of the Rebel: Law in the Age of Small Wars (Oxford University Press 2012)
  • Susan N. Herman for Taking Freedoms: The War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracy (Oxford University Press 2011)
  • Laura A. Dickinson for Outsourcing War and Peace: Upholding Public Values ​​in a World of Privatized Foreign Affairs (Yale University Press 2011)
  • Gabriella Blum and Philip B. Heymann for Laws, Outlaws, and Terrorists: Lessons from the War on Terrorism (The MIT Press 2010)
  • Scott M. Matheson Jr. for President constitutionalism in dangerous times (Harvard University Press 2009)
  • Harold H. Bruff for Bad Advice: Bush’s Attorneys in the War on Terror (University Press of Kansas 2009)
  • David D. Cole and Jules L. Lobel for Less Safe, Less Free: Why America is Losing the War on Terror (The New Press 2007

Benefactor Roy Palmer, attorney and real estate developer, graduated from Chicago-Kent in 1962 and served on the advisory board. Mr. Palmer received the Chicago-Kent Alumni Association’s 2012 Distinguished Service Award and was named one of the 125 Alumni of Distinction in 2013 by the Law School. With his wife Susan, he was active in many civic, social and philanthropic organizations. Mr. Palmer died in February 2017.

Appropriate books and articles should be submitted to Ms. Tasha Kincade, Assistant to Dean Harold J. Krent, at [email protected] or at Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 West Adams Street, Chicago, IL 60661-3691.

Founded in 1888, Chicago-Kent College of Law is the law school of the Illinois Institute of Technology, also known as Illinois Tech, a private, technology-oriented research university offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering, science, architecture, business and design, human sciences, applied technology and law.


Entries will be accepted until December 15, 2020 for the Chicago-Kent College of Law / Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize, an academic writing contest that recognizes an outstanding article or book on a topic that addresses the tension between civil liberties and citizenship examines security in American society today. The winner will receive a US $ 10,000 cash scholarship. The article or book must be in draft form or published within one year prior to July 1st. As a prerequisite for accepting the award, the winner presents their work at ChicagoKent. All reasonable costs will be paid.

Where to submit

Please send your contributions to Tasha Kincade, Assistant to Dean Anita K. Krug, at [email protected]


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