10 december | Lecture Rt. Hon. Lady Justice Arden, DBE

Magna Carta: how liberty of the subject was won and how Magna Carta can be used to think about the future.

On 10 December at the Great Auditorium of the Academy building, the Rt. Hon. Lady Justice Arden, DBE, will deliver the Fifth Raymond and Beverly Sackler Distinguished Lecture on Human Rights. This event marks the annual celebration of Human Rights Day, which was proclaimed in 1950 by the United Nations to bring the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to the attention ‘of the peoples of the world’. Lady Justice Arden will speak on the enduring spirit of the Great Charter that was signed at Runnymede on 15 June 1215, and which celebrated its 800th anniversary this year. The lecture is followed by a Q&A-session with Arden LJ.


Magna Carta and Human Rights

Magna Carta was declared not to be binding within months of its execution. So is Magna Carta’s reputation justified, or is it just a myth? Lady Justice Arden will address this question, describing Magna Carta’s key provisions and how, despite being declared not to be binding within months, Magna Carta lived on and became embedded in the political consciousness and legal tradition of a nation. Succeeding generations reinterpreted its important provisions, using it for what was relevant to them. She will argue that the principles of Magna Carta can still be used today to create a fairer world.

Lady Justice Arden

The Rt. Hon. Lady Justice Arden, DBE, has been a Lady Justice of Appeal since 2000. During that year she also acted as an ad hoc judge of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. She is Head of International Judicial Relations for England and Wales and has travelled all over the world to help promote the rule of law. She is a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague. She has given numerous lectures, and written extensively on human rights, company law, terrorism and other subjects. In 2015, her book entitled ‘Human Rights and European Law: Building New Legal Orders’ was published by Oxford University Press. A second book, ‘Common Law and modern society: keeping peace with change’, is due to be published shortly.

Sackler Distinguished Lecture Series on Human Rights

The Sackler Distinguished Lecture Series on Human Rights was established at Leiden University through an endowment given by Dr. Raymond R. Sackler and his wife Beverly, international philanthropists with a commitment to supporting scientific research.

Practical information

Venue: Academy building, Groot Auditorium, Rapenburg 67-73, 2311 GJ Leiden
Date: Thursday 10 December 2015
Time: 11.00 a.m. (welcome and coffee at 10.30 a.m.)

You can register online

Last Modified: 12-11-2015