Magna Carta in the Capital

On 30 October, I took part in a dynamic symposium on Magna Carta as part of the Senate and the Rule of Law Institute of Australia’s final event for the 800th anniversary year. It was an honour to be invited to be part of this occasion and such a great line up of legal and historical thinkers from former Chief Justices like the Hon James Spigelman AC QC,  to the leader of the UK’s Magna Carta Project, Prof Nicholas Vincent. Papers took in the direct and indirect influence of Magna Carta on modern legal thought in the Anglophone world; contemporary medieval legal developments of which it formed part; the translation and dissemination of the Charter in printed English editions; the history of the 1297 inspeximus currently on display in Canberra; and popular culture representations of the Charter and King John from the seventeenth century to now. I spoke on the question of who knew about Magna Carta in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries and how, and what did they do with it when they did.

The program for the day is available online here, and you can view a recording of the afternoon’s proceedings here. Full versions of the papers will appear soon in a special edition of Papers on Parliament.

speaking at parliament
Speaking at Parliament House, Canberra.