Message from the President

Duncan McConnel

Duncan McConnel  LCAPres

04 March 2015

800 years on, Magna Carta remains a symbol of liberty and justice

Few documents, if any, can match the Magna Carta for historical, social or legal significance.On the eve of its 800-year anniversary, it is timely to reflect on the origins of the Magna Carta and its subsequent impact on the international community and the legal profession.

It would have been difficult for even the authors to imagine that a document of "rights" imposed by feudal barons upon a tyrant king would become the basis for rights in many modern constitutional democracies.

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