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Magna Carta

The Great Charter The Magna Carta of 1215 is one of the most significant historical documents in the English speaking world. The Great Charter marked the first instance of a King being compelled to accept a list of terms drafted by his subjects. In 1770, British Prime Minister William Pitt the Elder described the Great […]


Dr. Carolyn Harris
Dr. Carolyn Harris is a historian based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She currently teaches history at the University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies and is the author of "Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada". Carolyn blogs about the historical context for current royal events at www.royalhistorian.com

The Emergence of a Human Rights Legal Culture: A Quick Tour Through 800 Years of Western History

The river of refugees from Syria reminds us that human history is full of examples of how states have abused their unlimited sovereign power against their citizens. They may have denied them basic rights to express themselves or to vote for their political leaders. People may have been tried and punished without a reasonable opportunity […]


Peter Bowal
Peter Bowal
Peter Bowal is a Professor of Law at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta.

How Magna Carta Came to Canada

Let us begin with a confession. When presented with the opportunity four years ago to become involved in bringing Magna Carta to Canada for its 800th anniversary commemoration, we were not very well-versed in what exactly Magna Carta was. For starters, we were still calling it “the Magna Carta” which, now that we have had […]


Len and Suzy Rodness
Len Rodness is Chair of the commercial real estate group with the firm of Torkin Manes LLP in Toronto and Suzy Rodness is Co-Chair of the Magna Carta Foundation. For the past 24 years Suzy has served as Vice President, TMDL, a real estate asset company in Toronto, Ontario

Magna Carta Informs Our Criminal Law

Magna Carta was signed in June 1215 in an effort to end an internal conflict between King John and a group of barons who were opposed to his conduct as sovereign. Much of the document (also known by its English name, “The Great Charter”) addresses the rights of the church and of businessmen and property […]


Charles Davison
Charles Davison is the Senior Criminal Defence Counsel with the Somba K’e office of the Legal Services Board in Yellowknife, N.W.T.

Magna Carta: A Guide for Educators

In a world that increasingly asks our students to tweet, post, snapchat, google, and otherwise digitize their educational experiences, Magna Carta Canada has done the extraordinary by bringing to Canada a document that provides a direct link to eight centuries of legal history, including humanity’s struggle for universal rights. In a century that has become […]


Nathan Tidridge
Nathan Tidridge teaches history and government at Waterdown District High School in Ontario. He is the author of several books and has won numerous awards for his teaching excellence and community service. He currently serves the Education Committee for Magna Carta Canada.

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