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UK announces a global tour of Magna Carta and new funding to share British legal expertise worldwide. An original version of the document and the only surviving King’s Writ from Runnymede in 1215, will pass through seven countries, across four continents, travelling a total of approximately 65,000 miles…..reports Asian Lite News

Alex Kavanagh, exhibition officer, polishes a painting of King John.The painting is part of the British Library's Magna Carta: Law, Liberty,Lecacy exhibition which will be opened until 1 September 2015. Photo by Clare Kendall, @C British Library
Alex Kavanagh, exhibition officer, polishes a painting of King John.The painting is part of the British Library’s Magna Carta: Law, Liberty,Lecacy exhibition . Photo by Clare Kendall, @C British Library

Baroness Anelay has announced a new £100,000 fund to enable other countries to benefit from the UK’s world-leading legal expertise, marking the International Day of Democracy.

At an event held at Gray’s Inn – at the heart of the UK’s world-leading legal scene – the Minister launched the ‘Magna Carta Partnerships’ fund. The announcement builds on this year’s commemorations of the 800thanniversary of the historic document that has played a central role in the formation of democracy around the world.

The pilot fund will facilitate sharing practical UK experience to help guide parliamentarians, judges and lawyers overseas along their own path to democracy.

 Commenting on the importance of the new fund, Baroness Anelay said:“Democracy under the rule of law is the best form of governance we know – and the longer-term trend is towards countries wanting more democratic governance, not less. The UK government is committed to supporting this. The fund that I am launching today offers British legal expertise to countries around the world that want to improve the rule of law and their democratic processes.”

Visitors at Magna Carta Unification Day at British Library in London
Visitors at Magna Carta Unification Day at British Library in London

At the same time Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire has announced that Magna Carta will begin a global tour next week, in a partnership between Hereford Cathedral and the GREAT Britain Campaign.  An original version of the document and the only surviving King’s Writ from Runnymede in 1215, will pass through seven countries, across four continents, travelling a total of approximately 65,000 miles.

Thousands of people across the world will benefit from a unique opportunity to see the document – an internationally recognised symbol of the rule of law – first hand, and reflect on how the principles of Magna Carta remain more relevant than ever in today’s world.

The Magna Carta has played a key role in the history of democracy around the world and still forms part of British law today. The tour will demonstrate its international resonance whilst also showcasing British influence across trade, law, international values and democracy.

  The Hereford Cathedral Magna Carta is one of only 18 believed to be in existence. As part of the tour it will leave the United Kingdom and fly to New York, followed by Luxembourg, China (including Hong Kong), Singapore, Malta and Portugal, where it will be displayed at a number of public venues. The programme is being run in partnership with Hereford Cathedral.

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