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Eight hundred years ago next month, on a reedy stretch of riverbank in southern England, the most important bargain in the history of the human race was struck. I realize that’s a big claim, but in this case, only superlatives will do. As Lord Denning, the most celebrated modern British jurist put it, Magna Carta was “the greatest constitutional document of all time, the foundation of the freedom of the individual against the arbitrary authority of the despot.”

Hannan, Daniel.  “Magna Carta: Eight Centuries of Liberty.”  The Wall Street Journal, May 29, 2015.


‘No free man shall be arrested, imprisoned,
dispossessed, outlawed, exiled or in any
way victimised, or attacked except by the
lawful judgement of his peers or by the
law of the land’

This right is most famously contained in the American Bill of Rights embodied in the constitution of the United States of America.

Hereford Cathedral.  “Magna Carta: An Introduction”.


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Additional Reference

British Library.  “Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy”.

United Nations.  “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights”.

United States Bill of Rights.  Wikipedia.

United States Constitution.  Wikipedia.

United States.  Bill of Rights.  1789.  National Archives.

United States.  Constitution.  Authenticated.  PDF.  Government Printing Office, July 25, 2007.

United States.  Constitution.  Transcript of original.  National Archives.

United States. Declaration of Independence.  July 4, 1776.

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