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Professor Anthony Musson (left) and Dominic Grieve QC MP (right)

Lecture to mark the 800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta

The Law School at the University of Exeter, Devon and Somerset Law Society and Exeter City Council recently marked the 800th Anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta by King John in 1215, with a series of events in the week leading up to the anniversary on 15th June.

Events included a legal walk, taking in legal landmarks around Exeter, a prize essay competition, sponsored by Browne Jacobson LLP, and a commemorative prize moot, supported by Magdalen Chambers.

On Thursday 12th June, Professor Anthony Musson and Dominic Grieve QC MP gave a public lecture at the Mint Methodist Centre in Exeter, attended by over 120 people.  Professor Musson explained the importance of Magna Carta in the development of the common law in the mediaeval period.  Dominic Grieve, who has previously criticised Government plans to amend or repeal the Human Rights Act, discussed the current importance of Magna Carta and other rights instruments, including the European Convention on Human Rights.  

Following the lecture, the Former Attorney General and Professor Musson received commemorative Magna Carta Seals from the Devon and Somerset Law Society. 

Date: 24 June 2015

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