Magna Carta and the Rule of Law, Part 1

 

802 years ago in a field at Runnymede, near London, England,  King John was forced by his barons to place his seal on the first document ever known to curb executive power, Magna Carta, or Great Charter.

Baroness Emma Nicholson of Winterbourne

Given recent events in the country birthed from England but with a more developed governing document, the United States Constitution, a review of those events presently could not be more timely.

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Right Honorable Lord David Neuberger

In this first portion of my treatment of the Rule of Law, as opposed to the Rule of Kings, I relate my experiences meeting some of the most extraordinary people at the American Bar Association commemoration of the 800th anniversary of the adoption of Magna Carta, held in London in June 2015.

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Cheri Blair

Among the speakers was a human rights lawyer from Zimbabwe, a lawyer who continued to practice law while her husband was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, the President of the British Supreme Court, and a member of the House of Lords who worked tirelessly to bring justice to the Middle East. I have been in practice nearly 34 years and have never encountered a more impressive collection of lawyers nor a more compelling topic; The Rule of Law.

 

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