Professor John McEldowney will address delegates at Coventry Cathedral tomorrow (Tuesday 23 June) during a day-long event being held to mark the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta.
He is one of five speakers on the panel for ‘The Allure of Magna Carta: Freedom, Democracy and Reconciliation’, alongside three other academics and Chris Bryant MP.
Prof McEldowney will ask whether lessons can be learnt from Magna Carta as the debate continues over proposals for a British Bill of Rights in place of the Human Rights Act.
He will also discuss the implications of the in/out EU referendum and the potential for home rule through increased powers to Scotland and possible Wales and Northern Ireland.
Prof McEldowney said: “The UK’s unwritten constitution is in a state of flux. There is potential for instability and an air of uncertainty as well as little direction to chart our constitutional future.
“This has a resonance with the period of Magna Carta,” he added, “where the future depended on finely balanced decisions, often with unforeseeable outcomes.”
Tickets for The Allure of Magna Carta: Freedom, Democracy and Reconciliation cost £25 for adults and £15 for students and include lunch. They can be purchased online.
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Communications Manager, University of Warwick
Tel: +44 (0)2476 574 255
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