Posted by: cjjj1 | November 24, 2008

The Magna Carta and it’s influence on the government of other countries

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   The Magna Carta, written in 1215, was an agreementmagna_carta between King John I and the powerful barons who had challenged his rule. In it, John promised to restore the rights to property and to a fair trial by jury that the nobility they had enjoyed before he was king and to stop his abuse of royal power. While the Magna Carta did not concern with the rights of ordinary English people, most of whom were peasants without property, it contained conditions protecting against arrest or punishment without trial and against excessive punishments, and guaranteeing that the king is not above the law.

         These conditions helped form the basis of British human rights law, and over the centuries they were gradually extended to all citizens. The Magna Carta also established a Council of Barons to enforce it, the Council paved the way for an independent Parliament.  The Magna Carta has influenced the development of foreign and international human rights laws, such as the United Nation’s Universal Declaration on Human Rights, the Declaration of independence, The U.s. Constitution, The Articeles of Confederation and many more.

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