“No free man shall be taken or imprisoned or dispossessed or outlawed or exiled or in any way ruined, or will we go or send against him, except by the lawful judgment of his peers or by the law of the land. To no one will we sell, to no one will we deny or delay right or justice.” – Magna Carta 1215
“No person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law…The accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed.” – The Constitution of the United States of America, from the Fifth and Sixth Amendments, 1791.
“Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person. Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law. All are equal before the law and are entitled without ay discrimination to equal protection of the law. No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.” – From the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, United Nations, 1948.
Some two billion people now live in Common Law jurisdictions and are protected by the rights that have evolved directly from Magna Carta. Even more are protected by the incorporation of its clauses into the Human Rights conventions of the twentieth century.
The document was signed by the notorious oath-breaker, King John of England, on June 15, 1215 at Runnymede under pressure from Rebel Barons.