When King John signed Magna Carta in 1215, he was responding to the demands of rebellious barons. Over the centuries, however,  Magna Carta has become a cornerstone of Western legal thought.

What is Magna Carta, and how has it influenced the US Constitution and American law? Charles Eskridge of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP considers this seminal legal document and its storied history.

As always, the Federalist Society takes no particular legal or public policy positions. All opinions are those of the speaker.

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Related Links & Differing Views:

The New Yorker: “The Rule of History”

Houses of Parliament: “Magna Carta & Parliament”

UVA Lawyer: “The Sheer Force of an Idea”

International Review of Law and Economics: “Magna Carta, the rule of law, and the limits on government”

The Federalist Society Blog “The Real Great Charter—Not Magna Carta, but the American Constitution”

Cato Institute: “Magna Carta and the Rule of Law around the World”

The Heritage Foundation: “The Role for Magna Carta in American in 2015”