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Palmer Civil Liberties Prize Lecture

Join us on Thursday, November 21 for a lecture by Ganesh Sitaraman, the author of this year's Palmer Civil Liberties Prize recipient, The Counterinsurgent's Constitution: Law in the Age of Small Wars.

A member of the 
Vanderbilt Law School faculty since 2011, Sitaraman focuses on issues in
public law ranging from foreign relations and international law to domestic regulation andinstitutional design. From 2011 to 2013, he served as policy director and senior counsel to candidate and Senator Elizabeth Warren, and has also been a research fellow at the Counterinsurgency Training Center at Camp Julien in Kabul, Afghanistan.

In The Counterinsurgent's Constitution: Law in the Age of Small Wars, Professor Sitamaran explores the intersection of law and counterinsurgency strategy. He says counterinsurgency became America's dominant approach for achieving its national security goals abroad after the 2006 "surge" in Iraq. However, controversy and debate surround counterinsurgency as a strategy—both for its military effectiveness overseas and the unexplored legal path it takes us down here at home. The book outlines how law operates during counterinsurgency and explains that following the laws of war is both morally and strategically beneficial.

The IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize was established in 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. 

RSVP to the lecture, which is free and open to the public, at alums@kentlaw.iit.edu or (312) 906-5240.

Thursday, November 21, 2013 
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Courtroom
565 W. Adams St.
Chicago, IL 60661
Contact Information
Chicago-Kent Alumni Association
565 W. Adams St.
Date & Location
Date: 11/21/2013
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Location: IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law