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20th November 2014, 12:19pm
Magna Carta examined in Great Minds lecture
Professor Scott Davidson An international legal scholar will outline the ways in which Magna Carta still resonates with legal and constitutional debates in modern society as part of the Great Minds lecture series at the University of Lincoln, UK.

Professor Scott Davidson, Deputy Vice Chancellor at Lincoln, will give a talk entitled Magna Carta – Celebrating Liberty in 2015. It comes ahead of next year’s 800th anniversary of the sealing of the 1215 charter, of which Lincoln Cathedral owns one of the four remaining original copies.

He will illustrate how central themes of Magna Carta still provoke tensions between states and their citizens today: the right to raise taxes, protection of individual property rights and the disposition of power.

The lecture will take place in the Harvard Lecture Theatre in the David Chiddick Building (Business & Law) at the University’s Brayford Pool Campus on Tuesday 25th November 2014 with registration from 1.30pm. Admission is free, but booking is essential.

“Magna Carta, or the ‘Great Charter of English Liberties’ is regarded today as the foundation of modern constitutional democracies,” said Professor Davidson, a legal scholar specialising in international law and human rights. “It led in England to the rule of law, separation of church and state, and the right to trial by jury.

“There are many themes first set out by the barons and clerics who dared challenge the King which still resonate in modern societies. As we near the 800th anniversary of the iconic document, it’s vital that we continue to appreciate the impact it has had on our rights as citizens.”

Professor Davidson graduated from the University of Cambridge with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law in 1977 and a Master of Arts in 1979. In 2009 he was awarded a Doctor of Laws of the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

He has taught international and European law at the Universities of Hull (UK) and Canterbury (New Zealand) and published a number of books and articles on the international law of human rights, the law of the sea, and European law.

Professor Davidson is a member of the editorial boards of the International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law, the New Zealand Yearbook of International Law and the New Zealand Journal of International and Public Law. He has also served on a Ministerial appointment to the Board of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, and was a council member of the Maritime Cooperation Working Group of the Council for Security and Cooperation in Asia Pacific.

The University of Lincoln’s Great Minds guest lecture series aims to provide inspirational insights into different aspects of society – from the entertainment world to elite sport – for school and college students in Years 11, 12 and 13. A limited number of places are also available to the public.

Previous Great Minds speakers include the multi-award-winning actor John Hurt, the Olympian and sports broadcaster Steve Cram and leader of the Red Arrows, ‘Red 1’ Squadron Leader David Montenegro.

To register for the Great Minds talk by Professor Scott Davidson, or find out more about upcoming events at the University of Lincoln, visit Keep up with the conversation on Twitter using #GreatMindsUoL

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