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October 4, 2022

Bucharest’s Central University Library receives authorized copy of Magna Carta

An authorized copy of the Magna Carta was unveiled on Monday at the Central University Library (BCU) in the presence of President Klaus Iohannis and British Ambassador to Romania Paul Brummell.

President Klaus Iohannis stated that Magna Carta is the first constitutional charter of exceptional value, a historic document and a symbol of the international legal heritage, of the rule of law and of individual rights and freedoms.

“Magna Carta was a source of inspiration for driving states to assume, based on unwritten laws, the respect for human rights. The principles included in this document are found in the Bill of Rights, in the Constitution of the United States, in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as well as in later declarations on their safeguarding. Magna Carta marked in history the change of course from a mentality where words and oaths had symbolic value to a commitment and to assuming responsibility for a set of values. (…) The Charter is a fundamental document, in particular through its indications and implications in terms of rule of law, freedoms and human rights and through the promotion of a set of values turned universal, such as equality before the law, regardless of one’s status,” President Klaus Iohannis stated at the ceremony marking 800 years since the signing of the Magna Carta.

According to Agerpres, British Ambassador to Romania Paul Brummell stressed that Magna Carta, a document celebrating its 800th anniversary, represents the cornerstone of British constitutional democracy and expressed hope that it will be a source of inspiration for the entire world.

Brummell stated that the principle that nobody is above the law was first established through this document.

The event hosted by BCU was attended by Chamber of Deputies Speaker Valeriu Zgonea and Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) President Augustin Zegrean.

The authorized copy of the Magna Carta was offered to the Library, where it will be on permanent display, by Inner Temple, one of the four Inns of Court in London.

The Magna Carta was signed in England in 1215.

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