The Ancient Magna Carta and the Modern Rule of Law: 1215 to 2015

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The Ancient Magna Carta and the Modern Rule of Law: 1215 to 2015

Vincent R. Johnson

47 St. Mary’s L.J. 1 (2015).

    This article argues the text of the Magna Carta, now 800 years old, and reflects many of the values that are at the center of the modern concept of the Rule of Law.  A careful review of its provisions reveals the Magna Carta demonstrates a strong commitment to the resolution of disputes based on rules and procedures that are consistent, accessible, transparent, and fair; and to the development of a legal system characterized by official accountability and respect for human dignity.

Keywords: Magna Carta, legal history, Rule of Law, legal system, Great Charter of Liberties, jurisprudence, official accountability, individual rights, individual liberties, criminal procedure, feudalism, taxation, modern legal thought, legal document.

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