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LAW & THE IDEA OF LIBERTY IN IRELAND: From Magna Carta to the Present

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Music Room, (Access via the Chapter House Door)

Christ Church Cathedral

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Dublin 8

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The Irish Legal History Society will mark the 800th anniversary of the transmission of Magna Carta to Ireland with a conference entitled:

‘Law and the Idea of Liberty in Ireland: From Magna Carta to the Present’.

Magna Carta is one of the most famous documents in the history of the world, credited with being the first effective check in writing on arbitrary, oppressive and unjust rule — in a word, on tyranny. The fame of Magna Carta spread across the world as England, and later Britain, came to girdle the globe in its power.

What is the place of Ireland in the story of Magna Carta’s global dissemination? Four centuries before the Great Charter crossed the Atlantic, it was already implanted across the Irish Sea. A version of the charter issued in November 1216 in the name of the boy-king Henry III was sent to Ireland, where it became fundamental to the English common law tradition in Ireland that survives to the present.

The conference will explore the legal-historical background to Magna Carta in Ireland, the reception of the charter into English law in Ireland, the political and polemical uses to which the charter was put, and its twentieth and twentieth-first century invocations as a living presence in contemporary Irish law. Professor Paul Brand (All Souls, Oxford) will deliver a keynote address on the impact of Magna Carta on the development of English law in medieval Ireland.

A particular concern of the conference will be to explore the paradoxes presented by the reception of Magna Carta into Irish law, above all the contested and often highly restrictive-idea idea of ‘liberty’ that developed in Ireland from the Middle Ages onwards.

This conference wil be held in the Music Room of Christ Church Cathedral, which boasts its own copy of Magna Carta in the Liber Niger held in the cathedral treasury.

Academic Directors: Dr Peter Crooks TCD & Dr Thomas Mohr UCD

Other speakers will include

Claire Breay, Seán Duffy, Ian Campbell, Coleman Dennehy, Sparky Booker, Colum Kenny, Adrian Empey, James Kelly, Patrick Geoghegan, John Larkin, Blathne Ruane.

A full copy of the programme is available on www.ilhs.eu

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Music Room, (Access via the Chapter House Door)

Christ Church Cathedral

ChristChurch Place

Dublin 8

Ireland

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