Thursday September 03, 2015
Much Ado About Magna Carta, Part 2
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.
**This episode originally aired June 16, 2015
Much Ado About Magna Carta, Part 1 - Original airdate Monday, June 15, 2015
Much Ado About Magna Carta, Part 2 - Original airdate 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.
Participants in the program
Professor Stephen J. Toope is Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs. Before joining the Munk School in January 2015, Professor Toope was President of the University of British Columbia from 2006 to 2014. He represented Western Europe and North America on the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances from 2002-2007. He continues to conduct research on many aspects of international law and is currently working on issues of continuity and change in international law, and the origins of international obligation in international society. Before joining UBC, Toope was President of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, and Dean of Law at McGill. A Canadian citizen, Professor Toope earned his PhD from Trinity College, Cambridge, his degrees in common law (LLB) and civil law (BCL) with honours from McGill University, and graduated magna cum laude with his AB in History and Literature from Harvard University.
The Magna Carta Chorus
Barry MacGregor has been acting since 1949. He has appeared on stages in Britain, Europe, the United States and Canada. He was a long-time member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Stratford Festival and the Shaw Festival. He's also performed in many radio and television programs, including IDEAS on CBC Radio One.
Sharry Flett has acted in theatres across Canada and played leading roles at the Stratford Festival (4 seasons) and the Shaw Festival (26 seasons). She was twice nominated for Gemini Awards as Best Actress (CBC TV Drama). She's also taught acting at the Shaw Festival, George Brown Theatre School, University of Toronto, Queen's University, and the National Theatre School in Montreal.
Suggested Reading List:
Jill Lepore, The Rule of History: Magna Carta, the Bill of Rights, and the hold of time, The New Yorker, April 20, 2015.
Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, Spiegel & Grau, 2014.
David Cole and Jules Lobel, Less Safe, Less Free: Why America Is Losing the War on Terror, The New Press, 2009.
Nathalie Des Rosiers:
John Borrows, Questioning Canada's Title to Land: The Rule of Law, Aboriginal Peoples and Colonialism in Law Commission of Canada, Speaking Truth to Power - A Treaty Forum. Available on the website of the B.C. Treaty Commission
Marian Botsford Fraser, Acting for Freedom - 50 years of Civil Liberties in Canada, Second Story Press, 2014.
Henry Elliot Malden, Ed., Magna Carta Commemoration Essays (1917), The Royal Historical
Helena Florence Normanton, Magna Carta and Women, (1915) Women's Freedom League.
Margaret Beare, Nathalie Des Rosiers and Abirgail C. Deshman, Putting the State on Trial. UBC Press, 2015.
The Honourable Stephen T. Goudge:
Tom Bingham, The Rule of Law, Penguin, 2011
The Magna Carta, 1215 (the English translation, British Library)
The Right Honourable Lady Justice Arden D.B.E., Magna Carta and the Judges – Realising the Vision, The Magna Carta Lecture Series at Royal Holloway University of London, June 2011
Magna Carta Canada 2015 Tour
An original copy of Magna Carta is touring Canada until December 29th, 2015.
Magna Carta: Law, Liberty and Legacy opened on Friday, June 12th at the Canadian Museum of History in Ottawa/Gatineau.
The exhibition will also be stopping in Winnipeg, Toronto and Edmonton.
August 15, 2015 to September 18, 2015: Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg
October 4, 2015 to November 7, 2015: Fort York National Historic Site, Toronto
November 23, 2015 to December 29, 2015: Legislative Assembly of Alberta Visitor Centre, Edmonton
For more information, please visit the Magna Carta Canada website.
The Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto brings together the best minds to advance the latest thinking on global issues. Its mission is to integrate research on global affairs with teaching and public education.