Professor Bernard Hibbitts Pens Front-Page Post-Gazette Feature On Magna Carta For Its 800 Year Anniversary
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published a feature article from Pitt Law Professor Bernard Hibbitts on the Magna Carta (now 800 years old) and how it shapes law today. The story, the second in a four-part series on the Magna Carta, ran on the front page of the Post-Gazette's Sunday edition, June 14, 2015.
On June 15, 1215, Magna Carta — the “great charter” — was signed by King John of England. Hibbitts writes, "Magna Carta has more to offer than the legal nostrums so enthusiastically celebrated by lawyers. If we look harder, it can also remind us of our substantive obligations to the weak, the vulnerable, the itinerant and the dispossessed, whose English forebears were briefly sheltered beneath its mantle. Its posture as a prototypical social contract between ruler and ruled can inspire us to build a better, stronger and more just nation for each other."