The Magna Carta and Human Rights Documents

The Magna Carta established the concept that a ruler should be subject to the law. This idea has developed over the last 800 years into the concept of the rule of law. Many legal documents have been inspired by the words and ideas of the Magna Carta.

Even though the Magna Carta was never intended to be a charter of human rights, it is seen by many as a document which makes a powerful statement about achieving liberty and freedom from tyranny by having a legal system based on the rule of law.

Posters and Resources

Download a copy of our Magna Carta poster which has translations and clauses from this historic document digitally coloured.

Download a copy of our History of Human Rights poster which traces the development of Human Rights in legal documents from the Magna Carta to the United Nations.

Celebrating 800 Years since the grant of Magna Carta...

Magna Carta Exhibition - High Court of Australia - 13 May to 30 June - More details...