Magna Carta and Human Rights Poster

What is the relationship between the Magna Carta and Human Rights?
The Magna Carta is often seen as one of the first legal documents protecting human rights. But what is its impact on later human rights documents?

The Magna Carta controlled the power of the King for the first time in English history. It began the tradition of respect for the law, limits on government power, and a social contract where the government ruled with the consent of the people.

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The true power of the Magna Carta lies in its impact on later documents, and the creation of a culture of the rule of law. This poster explores the legacy of the Magna Carta and its effect on human rights documents, tracing the evolution from the Magna Carta to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and giving an overview of the relationship between the Magna Carta and Human Rights.

Magna Carta and Human Rights Videos

The Poster is accompanied by three videos from the Rule of Law Series by The Hon Kevin Lindgren AM QC that can be used in the classroom –

In the first video, part 1 of the Rule of Law Series, The Hon Kevin Lindgren AM QC discusses the definition of the rule of law and its relationship with human rights.
Video 1 – Defining the Rule of Law (3:51)

In the second video, part 3 of the Rule of Law Series, The Hon Kevin Lindgren AM QC speaks about important clauses from the Magna Carta and their relevance to the rule of law.
Video 2 – The Rule of Law and Magna Carta (4:13)

In the third video, part 4 of the Rule of Law Series, The Hon Kevin Lindgren AM QC, defines the writ of habeas corpus, and provides a discussion of its significance in English law and other common law jurisdictions.
Video 3 – Habeas Corpus and the Petition of Right (6:56)

Magna Carta and Human Rights Website

The Rule of Law Institute has also launched a new website www.magnacartalegacy.org that observes the legacy of the Magna Carta and the rule of law in Australia, Fiji, India, and Uganda. The Australia page is live and the rest of the pages will be launched in stages over the rest of the year.