The Human Rights Act: a Magna Carta for the twenty-first century?
(May 2014, Mark Rathbone, Canford School)
Magna Carta was sealed at Runnymede in June 1215 by King John; the Human Rights Act owes its origins to the European Convention on Human Rights, signed in Rome in November 1950 by ministers from fifteen countries, including Britain. This article compares the two documents and considers whether the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and the Human Rights Act (HRA) can be seen as a modern equivalent to Magna Carta.
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