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January 22, 2015

Heritage of Magna Carta linked to Modern Human Rights




A programme of events is being organised by the Human Rights Office for the week of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta: 15th – 19th June 2015 with the support of the Magna Carta Trust’s 800th Anniversary Commemoration Committee. The Magna Carta Trust’s 800th Anniversary Commemoration Committee is charged by the Magna Carta Trust to co-ordinate activities, raise the profile of the anniversary and deliver a number of key national and international aspirations.

The purpose of the Magna Carta 800 Years Conference (Medway) is to link the heritage of the Magna Carta to our human and civil rights today. The Magna Carta was a peace treaty between King John and the rebelling barons. It was not meant as a lasting declaration of rights and legal principles. But the concessions the king had to give and the rights he had to recognise reveal an underlying principle: those in a position of power cannot maintain absolute power over others for ever, nor at all costs. This is why the Magna Carta can be considered as a root document for our human and civil rights to this day.

The Magna Carta will be considered from various perspectives: History, Law (both theory and practice), Philosophy, Humanism, Education, Discrimination, Freedom of Expression, Workers’ Rights, Religion, Politics; Locally, Nationally and Internationally.

Venue: Ward Room, University of Greenwich, Medway Campus, Pembroke 226, Central Avenue, Chatham Maritime, Kent ME4 4TB.

Monday 15 June and Tuesday 16 June: Main Conference in the Ward Room

Wednesday 17 June and Thursday 18 June: Workshops in the Syndicate Room

Friday 19 June: NGO Market and Historic Tours.        Exhibition all week.

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This project is also endorsed by the British Humanist Association.

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