Chicago-Kent College of Law / Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize

2019 Palmer Prize winners

Henry Farrell (left) and Abraham L. Newman, winners of the 2019 Palmer Prize
Henry Farrell (left) and Abraham L. Newman, winners of the 2019 Palmer Prize

The 2019 Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize has been awarded to Henry Farrell and Abraham L. Newman for their book, Of Privacy and Power—The Transatlantic Struggle over Freedom and Security (Princeton University Press 2019). In Of Privacy and Power, Farrell and Newman examine the disputes between the United States and European Union in regulating privacy and security, and how the politics of freedom, security, and surveillance have reshaped the transatlantic relationship. Read more...

About the Palmer Prize

The 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. (View the full list of Palmer Prize winners.)

Benefactor Roy Palmer, a lawyer and real estate developer, was a 1962 honors graduate of Chicago-Kent and a member of its board of advisors. Mr. Palmer received the Chicago-Kent Alumni Association's 2012 Distinguished Service Award and was named by the law school in 2013 as one of "125 Alumni of Distinction." With his wife, Susan, he was active in numerous civic, social and philanthropic organizations. Mr. Palmer died in February 2017.