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Modern Magna Carta finds new focus

The right to a good education and standard of living should be the focus of a modern Magna Carta, according to sixth-formers who attended the second constitutional convention last week.

More than a hundred pupils took part in the event to settle on clauses which represent the modern world, which Brunel academics Professor Justin Fisher and Dr Alexandra Xanthaki helped judge.

Organised by Egham Museum to commemorate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, the convention discussed specific human rights issues and considered the ideas and symbolism behind the charter.

Professor Justin Fisher, head of politics, history and the Brunel Law School and chair of the university’s Magna Carta Institute, said: “It is important not to lose sight of the importance of the Magna Carta, as a vital part of constitutional history but also because it can continue to encourage debate about liberty and freedom 800 years on.

“These pupils prioritise a good education and social rights above all else, showing an interesting departure from the emphasis on civil and political rights in the Human Rights Act and several constitutions around the world.”

The winning clauses are now displayed at the Supreme Court. For more information about the convention, visit here.