Journal Title

Mississippi Law Journal

Volume

85

Issue

3

First Page

621

Document Type

Article

Publication Information

2016

Abstract

As the Magna Carta, England's Great Charter of Liberties, marks its eighth centennial, it is appropriate to ask what's in it. The answer, it turns out, lives up to the legend. What's in the Magna Carta is the beginning of modern legal thought. The Great Charter set the expectations that for 800 years have shaped the development of the law in England, America, and around the globe. Like a blazing light piercing the medieval darkness, the Magna Carta illuminated the importance of legal principles, fair procedures, proportional punishment, official accountability, and respect for human dignity. It was unlike any legal document that had ever come before.

Recommended Citation

Vincent R. Johnson, The Magna Carta and the Beginning of Modern Legal Thought, 85 Miss. L. J. 621 (2016).

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