Janet Epp Buckingham: Magna Carta, Rule of Law and Religious Freedom

Date(s) - October 29, 2015
1:10 pm - 2:30 pm

Trinity Western University (President's Gallery, Reimer Student Centre)

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Inaugural Lecture – Janet Epp Buckingham, “Magna Carta, Rule of Law and Religious Freedom” 

1:10 – 2:50 pm (lecture and reception) 

Alumni Hall, Reimer Student Centre, TWU 

All are invited, please RSVP: Shelby Muhic  

2015 marks the 800th anniversary of the first Magna Carta at Runnymede, England. This charter was the first of many steps to establishing the rule of law and religious freedom and is seen as foundational for the development of the British democratic system. It has had a global impact, particularly in former colonies of England, including Canada.  

In her lecture, Janet will discuss the foundations of the rule of law and religious freedom in Magna Carta and explain how this is reflected in Canadian law. She will conclude with some thoughts on the impact and importance of Magna Carta in international law, particularly in relation to protection of religious freedom. 

Biography: Janet Epp Buckingham, LL.D., Director, Laurentian Leadership Centre  

Dr. Janet Epp Buckingham joined the faculty at Trinity Western University in 2006 as the Director of the Laurentian Leadership Centre in Ottawa. She previously served as Director, Law and Public Policy, for the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada and Executive Director of the Christian Legal Fellowship. She is one of the lead developers of the proposal for a law school at Trinity Western University. Janet has numerous academic publications on religious freedom, and has most recently published a book on the history of religious freedom in Canada, Fighting over God. She has been interviewed on radio and television talk shows and print media, and is a frequent public speaker.


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