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Much Ado about Magna Carta

It’s been hailed as the cornerstone of our justice system. From property rights to women’s rights, the rule of law, equality before the law and defined roles for judges: all roads, it seems, lead us back to Magna Carta Libertatum. But is this entirely true? To mark the 800th Anniversary of this great charter of liberty, IDEAS, in partnership with the MUNK School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, presents dynamic legal minds and scholars, along with our very own Magna Carta Chorus, to reveal the meaning – and relevance – of the charter today.

 

Part One: Monday June 15, 2015

 

David Cole, legal scholar, author and commentator, Nathalie Des Rosiers, Dean, Faculty of Law (Common Law Section) at the University of Ottawa, Bob Rae, lawyer, mediator and political leader, and moderator Stephen Toope, Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs probe property rights and the rule of law to see how they play out today, legally and politically.

 

Part Two: Tuesday June 16, 2015

 

David Cole, legal scholar, author and commentator, Nathalie Des Rosiers, Dean, Faculty of Law (Common Law Section) at the University of Ottawa; the Honourable Stephen T. Goudge, Q.C., former judge of the Ontario Court of Appeal, and moderator Stephen Toope, Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs consider the lingering influences (or not) of the Magna Carta on criminal law and the role of judges.

IDEAS is broadcast Monday through Friday on CBC RADIO ONE at 9:05 p.m. (9:35 p.m. NT) and streamed online at cbc.ca/ideas. “Much Ado about Magna Carta” will also be podcast. Please visit www.cbc.ca/ideas for more information.

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