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12th March 2014, 8:43am
The Power of Magna Carta guest lecture by Baroness Helena Kennedy QC
Baroness Helena Kennedy QC One of Britain's foremost experts on constitutional law will deliver a public talk on the relevance of Magna Carta today as the Lincoln Law School celebrates its 20th anniversary.

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC is a member of the House of Lords and one of country's most distinguished barristers.

On Wednesday 19th March 2014 she will deliver her guest lecture, The Power of the Magna Carta, as she helps the University of Lincoln to celebrate 20 years of Lincoln Law School.

Professor Duncan French, Head of Lincoln Law School, said: "We are privileged to welcome one of the UK's most influential voices on constitutional law to Lincoln Law School for our 20th anniversary celebrations.
"Baroness Helena Kennedy has fought tirelessly to preserve and promote the civil liberties many of us take for granted. It is fitting that she should mark this occasion with us by looking ahead to another anniversary, with next year representing 800 years since the signing of Magna Carta.
"Her insights into the significance of that document, and the ways it manifests in the liberties we still enjoy in British society today, should be fascinating not just to legal scholars, but anyone with an interest in the nature of modern democracies."

Baroness Helena Kennedy has spent her professional life giving voice to those who have least power within society, championing civil liberties and promoting human rights. She has used many public platforms to argue with passion, wit and humanity for social justice. She has also written and broadcast on a wide range of issues, from medical negligence to terrorism to the rights of women and children.

In September 2010, she became an honorary graduate of the University of Lincoln, receiving a Doctorate of Laws at a ceremony in Lincoln Cathedral.

Next year marks 800 years since the signing of Magna Carta, the document which enshrined the rule of law in England and which has provided the inspiration for constitutional democracies all over the world, including the US Constitution and Bill of Rights.

The City of Lincoln houses one of only four remaining original copies of Magna Carta in the world and is unique in also holding an original copy of the Charter of the Forest, which was signed two years later in 1217.

The University of Lincoln, along with local and national partner organisations, is planning a series of events in 2015 to celebrate and recognise the importance of Magna Carta to democratic societies all over the world.

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC will give her guest lecture at Lincoln Law School on Wednesday 19th March 2014, starting at 6pm (registration 5.30pm). Members of the public can register to attend by contacting the University of Lincoln Events Team on 01522 837100 or email

Admission is free but places are limited so early booking is advised.

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