The IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize was established in spring 2007 by alumnus Roy C. Palmer ('62) and his wife, Susan M. Palmer, to honor a work of scholarship exploring the tension between civil liberties and national security in contemporary American society.
The $10,000 prize is designed to encourage and reward public debate among scholars on current issues affecting the rights of individuals and the responsibilities of governments throughout the world.
2015 Palmer Prize Winner - The Future of Violence: Robots and Germs, Hackers and Drones—Confronting a New Age of Threat, Benjamin Wittes and Gabriella Blum
2014 Palmer Prize Winner - Reclaiming Accountability: Transparency, Executive Power, and the U.S. Constitution, Heidi Kitrosser
2013 Palmer Prize Winner - The Counterinsurgent's Constitution: Law in the Age of Small Wars, Ganesh Sitaraman
2012 Palmer Prize Winner - Taking Liberties: The War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracy, Susan M. Herman
2010 Palmer Prize Winner - Laws, Outlaws, and Terrorists: Lessons from the War on Terrorism, Gabriella Blum and Philip B. Heymann
2009 Palmer Prize Winner - Presidential Constitutionalism in Perilous Times, Scott M. Matheson Jr.
2008 Palmer Prize Winner - Bad Advice: Bush's Lawyers in the War on Terror, Harold H. Bruff
2007 Palmer Prize Winner - Less Safe, Less Free: Why America Is Losing the War on Terror, David D. Cole and Jules L. Lobel