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Magna Carta Today

In 2009 UNESCO entered the four copies of King John’s Magna Carta on the Memory of the World Register – the list of the world’s most important documents. This shows that a document that arose from an English conflict 800 years ago, and has influenced constitutional movements ever since, still has power to inspire people everywhere. Such clauses as ‘To no one will We sell, to none will We deny or delay, right or justice’ have permanent validity in all societies.


In promoting the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt said it was her goal to set up a ‘Magna Carta for mankind’.


Listen to our Magna Carta Lecture series organised in association with Sarum College celebrating the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta in 2015.