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Magna Carta: Symbol of Freedom Under Law is the theme that was chosen by the American Bar Association for 2015 Law Day, celebrated every year on May 1. ABA’s Division for Public Education has created a website called “Magna Carta: Icon of Liberty” to tell the story of the significance of Magna Carta through images and multi-media components.

The anniversary is being celebrated all over the world with events and exhibitions. The Magna Carta Project is a landmark investigation into the context, production and reception of Magna Carta on its 800th anniversary. The project website provides texts, translations and expert commentaries on Magna Carta 1215, together with the original charters of King John (1199-1216). The project is a collaboration between the British Library and a host of English Universitites.

The British Library’s Magna Carta website also provides a wealth of information about “the history and legacy of one of the world’s most celebrated documents.”

 Magna Carta, 1215

Magna Carta

One of the four surviving copies of the 1215 Magna Carta containing the famous clause “to no one will we sell, to no one deny or delay right or justice.”

Portrait of King John hunting

Portrait of King John, hunting. British Library. King John is best remembered for granting Magna Carta in June 1215.

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