Magna Carta and the Rule of Law

2015 marks the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, widely recognized to be a pillar of liberty, major source of the modern concept of executive accountability, and foundation of the rule of law in the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Commonwealth countries.

Magna Carta and the Rule of Law, is a comprehensive and insightful new book from the American Bar Association.  It takes a fresh look at Magna Carta and its impacts on various issues and the rule of law in light of contemporary legal concerns.  It includes an examination of the following topics:

  • The historical background of Magna Carta
  • Importance to constitutionalism and the rule of law
  • Impact on the United States Constitution
  • U.S. Supreme Court jurisprudence
  • Executive power
  • Individual rights, such as habeas corpus
  • Importance to freedom of religion
  • Its progeny, the Charter of the Forests
  • Importance to women’s rights
  • Relevance to international law
  • Continuing influence on the Commonwealth of Nations
  • Relationship to civil law

This fascinating book was written by a distinguished international group of scholars and features a foreword by Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. 

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