Monday, June 15, 2015

Daily Reads: On the 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta

According to the usual history, "On June 15, 1215, in a field at Runnymede, King John affixed his seal to Magna Carta. Confronted by 40 rebellious barons, he consented to their demands in order to avert civil war."  The civil war was not successfully averted, but the document has come to symbolize principles of liberties and rights, including as a precursor to the United States Constitution. 

After-restoration-lImportant daily reads to celebrate the anniversary include:

    The document itself, with its specific items regarding freemen, property, writs, and the memorable "No-one is to be taken or imprisoned on the appeal of woman for the death of anyone save for the death of that woman’s husband."

    A good overview is from the BBC magazine, which points outs that most of its provisions applied only to ""Free men" who in 1215 accounted for less than half the population; the rest were serfs, to whom the charter did not apply, as well as women and children.

    ConLawProf Tom Ginsburg's Op-Ed in the New York Times entitled "Stop Revering Magna Carta," in which he argues that the Magna Carta's current status rests on a series of misunderstandings.

    The current celebrations and controversies in "England" including not only commemoration by Queen Elizabeth, but statements by Prime Minister Cameron that Great Britain must "restore" its dedication to "human rights" as evinced in Magna Carta by secession from the European Court of Human Rights and Human Rights Act.

 

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/conlaw/2015/06/daily-reads-on-the-800th-anniversary-of-magna-carta.html

Comparative Constitutionalism, History, International, Interpretation | Permalink

Comments

England has some road to haul. They have to get rid of Queen, King and Prince boys. They have to adopt a Constitution with a Bill of Rights including a 14th Amendment which makes all people equal. No more Lord and Lassie or Nobels. Not talking Nobel Prize winners here. England has a long way to go. They keep that Magna Carta in a museum. Kinda like where the Confederate Flag belongs in South Carolina and not flying over the State House.

Posted by: Liberty1st | Jun 21, 2015 7:21:16 AM

Post a comment