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 aspects of Magna Carta; historical background, importance to constitutionalism and the rule of law, impact on the United States Constitution, executive power, role as a foundation for women’s rights and individual rights (such as habeas corpus), relevance to international law, and much more.
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.
“How is it that a bargain between barons and a king in 13th-century England has survived to be so widely cited and quoted in our own time? The authors of the essays in ‘Magna Carta and the Rule of Law’ set about, with great skill, to distinguish legacy from legend. They are clear-minded in reminding us that much of what we think we know about Magna Carta is myth. But the great value of their account is to display the law in all its dynamic quality–how successive generations, in England and around the world, have drawn upon ideas associated with Magna Carta to breathe new life into an ancient document.” (A.E. Dick Howard, author of The Road from Runnymede: Magna Carta and Constitutionalism in America)
Paperback: 474 pages
Publisher: American Bar Association (June 7, 2015)