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Magna Carta Then and Now: A Symbol of Freedom and Equal Rights for All

1217 Magna Carta (replica)

A replica of Hereford Cathedral‘s 1217 version of Magna Carta. The original was displayed at the Supreme Court of Singapore between 19 and 23 November 2015. (By Damien Chng.)

Eugene K B Tan
Associate Professor of Law

Dr Jack Tsen-Ta Lee
Assistant Professor of Law
School of Law, SMU

WHAT’S THE SIGNIFICANCE and relevance of Magna Carta, an 800-year old handwritten sheepskin parchment that is currently on a world tour having been to New York City, Luxembourg, China (Beijing, Guangzhou, and Shanghai), Hong Kong, and now Singapore?

Magna Carta was never intended as a “great charter” of people’s rights and liberties. In fact, when it was first created on June 15, 1215, it was essentially a peace treaty warding off a civil war. Continue reading

Event announcement: Magna Carta Then and Now

1217 Magna Carta - Heritage - Visit Britain - Poster (Landscape)When: Wednesday, 11 November 2015, 7:00 to 8:30 pm (registration begins at 6:30 pm).
Where: Mochtar Riady Auditorium, Singapore Management University,
Level 5, Administration Building, 81 Victoria Street, Singapore 188065.

This event is open to the public. There is no charge to attend the talk, but registration is required.
To register, please click here.


Described as “England’s greatest export”, this year Magna Carta’s 800th birthday is being celebrated the world over. But exactly what is this thing we are commemorating? Was there a single Magna Carta or a series of them? Exactly what does the Charter say? Continue reading