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The Rights and Aspirations of the Magna Carta

  • Elizabeth Gibson-Morgan
  • Alexis Chommeloux

About this book


This book provides an original and multidisciplinary approach on Magna Carta (1215) as a joint heritage, a source of inspiration both for long established democracies and countries which only recently experienced the Rule of Law. Far from simply extolling the virtues associated with Magna Carta, it explores the gaps of the Great Charter. Instead of dealing separately with the historians’ and the lawyers’ outlooks as two conflicting perspectives, it juxtaposes the views of medievalist and contemporary historians with those of practicing lawyers and law academics, offering readers a thorough yet accessible historic and legal analysis of the charter and its meaning for the citizens of twenty-first century democracies. At a time of the erosion of civil liberties and fundamental rights, The Rights and Aspirations of the Magna Carta provides a rare insight into the 1215 medieval charter and its legacy.


Human rights Great charter Rule of law Civil liberties Democracy

Editors and affiliations

  • Elizabeth Gibson-Morgan
    • 1
  • Alexis Chommeloux
    • 2
  1. 1.Law and LanguagesUniversity Francois Rabelais (Tours)Tours Cedex 1France
  2. 2.Law and LanguagesUniversity Francois Rabelais (Tours)Tours Cedex 1France

About the editors

Alexis Chommeloux is Dean of the Literature, Linguistics and Languages Faculty (Faculté de Lettres et Langues) at the University of Tours, France where he is also Senior Lecturer of Law and Languages. His current research focuses on contemporary British studies with an emphasis on the role of the law in current debate on social trends.

Elizabeth Gibson-Morgan is Senior Lecturer in Law and Languages at the University of Tours, France and Senior Research Fellow in Constitutional Law at King’s College London, UK. Her current research is on House of Lords reform, devolution, the UK Supreme Court and the codification of the British Constitution.

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