When: Monday, 9 November 2015, 6:00 to 7:30 pm (registration begins at 5:30 pm)
Where: Moot Court, NUS Faculty of Law, Bukit Timah Campus (directions to the law school may be found here)
To celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, the Hereford Cathedral Magna Carta is coming to Singapore where it will be displayed at the Supreme Court. In the lead up to this event, NUS Law is convening a discussion on the history and ongoing significance of the Magna Carta to the rule of law in general and to Singapore in particular.
In a 1998 decision, for example, Singapore’s Court of Appeal traced the origin of Article 12 of the Constitution, which guarantees equality before the law, to the 40th article of the Magna Carta, drafted some eight centuries earlier. This panel discussion will consider the Magna Carta in its historical context, its impact on the rule of law, and its ongoing relevance to Singapore today.
Chaired by Justice Judith Prakash, the panel will peel away the myths, mantras and misconceptions behind the Magna Carta, revealing an instrument that was not born to greatness but instead had greatness thrust upon it.
A companion talk on Magna Carta will be held at the School of Law, Singapore Management University, on Wednesday, 11 November 2015. Please click here for more details.