1 sept. 2015

Magna charta libertatum & New Era. Conmemoraciones y Exposición. Brooklyn Law School (Brooklyn, New York. USA)

From Runnymede to Philadelphia to Cyberspace:
The Enduring Legacy of Magna Carta

Thursday, September 17, 2015
Brooklyn Law School
8:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Brooklyn Law School will mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta and Constitution Day in the United States with an extraordinary global gathering of renowned legal scholars, authors, artists, historians, public officials, librarians, and archivists from around the world for a wide-ranging discussion of the continuing impact of this seminal document on U.S. law, civil rights and liberties, art, the role of libraries and archives in the Digital Age, and law in order in Cyberspace.


(Programs will take place in the Jerome Prince Moot Court Room unless otherwise noted.)

8:30-9:00 a.m.

Breakfast                       Location: Student Lounge

9:00-9:15 a.m.

Welcome by Nicholas W. Allard, President and Joseph Crea Dean, Brooklyn Law School
Opening Remarks by Liz Medaglia, Immediate Past Chair, Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress,
American Bar Association

9:15-10:00 a.m.

KeynoteMagna Carta: Tyranny, Treachery and Liberty
Derek Taylor, Historian, television journalist, and author of Magna Carta in 20 Places

10:15-11:45 a.m.

Panel—Secrets of the Archives: Why We Preserve Documents in the Digital Age*
Preserving physical documents can be costly and time-consuming. Why, then, do we do it, when we could simply scan documents and discard or abandon the originals? Panelists will discuss what, even in the digital age, we can learn from physical documents such as Magna Carta. The speakers will address how researchers use documents, both physical and digital; what information would be lost if we had only digitized documents; and how even digitization causes preservation problems as technology evolves.
Moderator: Janet Sinder, Director of the Library and Associate Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School
Christopher Beauchamp, Associate Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School
Fenella G. France, Acting Director & Chief, Preservation Research and Testing Division, Library of Congress
Christina Mulligan, Assistant Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School
Julia Walworth, Research Fellow and Librarian, Merton College, Oxford University
Michael Widener, Rare Book Librarian and Lecturer in Legal Research, Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School
*A Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Event

12:00-1:15 p.m.

Luncheon Program                                              Location: Subotnick Center
Remarks by Dr. Michael Pinto-Duschinsky, Senior Consultant on Constitutional Affairs to Policy Exchange
Are the Rule of Law and Constitutional Rights Compatible with Democracy?

At the very time when the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta is justifiably celebrated, the core principles it enshrines are not without serious theoretical and practical problems.

In the United States, apparently politicized decisions of the Supreme Court in cases relating to voting rights and to the funding of election campaigns have once again raised questions about the Court’s appropriate role.

In the United Kingdom, conflict between the House of Commons and judges of the powerful European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg led in 2011 to the creation of a Commission on a Bill of Rights. Its basic task was to explore the boundaries between judicial and legislative authority. This issue is unresolved and threatens to create a crisis in the relationship between the UK, the Council of Europe, and the European Union.

1:30-2:30 p.m.

The Artist and the Law  
A conversation with Hew Locke, London-based sculptor and contemporary visual artist who created the piece The Jurors on permanent display at Runnymede to commemorate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta
Nicholas W. Allard, President and Joseph Crea Dean, Brooklyn Law School
How would you create a public sculpture that speaks not just to the British public, but to international visitors, and would remain relevant for many decades? Hew Locke's The Jurors incorporates images, people and abstract symbols relating to ongoing struggles for freedom, rule of law and equal rights. Locke intended the work not as a parade of heroes or a memorial, but a prompt for discussion on the often conflicting ideas of justice, which have constantly shifted throughout history and across the globe.

2:45-4:15 p.m.

Building a Magna Carta for the Digital Era – Collaborative Drafting of a Citizens’ Charter for Cyberspace
In 1215, a few “noble” men drafted Magna Carta. In 1648, a few European “sovereigns” established the Peace of Westphalia creating a foundation for the system of modern nation-states. In 1776, a few well-educated white, male landowners drafted the US Declaration of Independence. In 1996, John Perry Barlow drafted A Declaration of Independence of Cyberspace. In 2015, 800 years after Magna Carta, we begin to harness our collective experience, knowledge, wisdom, and judgment to “hack" a Citizens’ Charter for Cyberspace. We will collaborate on the principles and language for such a Charter, and the creation of a living, breathing document for the next phase in human and planetary relations. In the spirit of the hackathon, this “verbal hackathon” attempts to harness the ethos of the white-hat hacker to focus on solutions and ways forward.
Moderator: Jonathan Askin, Founder/Director, Brooklyn Incubator & Policy Clinic; Innovation Catalyst, Center for Urban Entrepreneurship
Reed Hundt, CEO of the Coalition for Green Capital
Charlie Nesson, Weld Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the founder of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society
Douglas Rushkoff, Professor of Media Theory and Digital Economics, Queens College/City University of New York
Jeff Pulver, Co-founder of Vonage and Zula
Daniel Berninger, Founder of VCXC – Voice Communication Exchange Committee
Dan Gillmor, Professor of Practice, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University
Harry Halpin, W3C Staff and Research Scientist at CSAIL/MIT
John Perry Barlow, lyricist & activist (via Skype)

4:30-6:00 p.m.

Lecture & Commentary: Magna Carta's American Adventure
Remarks by A.E. Dick Howard, White Burkett Miller Professor of Law and Public Affairs, University of Virginia School of Law
Magna Carta has left an indelible mark on American constitutionalism. At the core of this legacy is the idea of the rule of law. Magna Carta's assurance of proceedings according to the "law of the land," for example, is the direct ancestor of American ideas of due process of law.

In the years leading up to the Revolution, Americans drew upon Magna Carta to frame their arguments against British policies. Ideas drawn from English constitutionalism, including Magna Carta, helped Americans shape their state constitutions and the Federal Constitution, especially the Bill of Rights.
The story of American constitutionalism is one of both tradition and innovation. Just as Magna Carta proved adaptable to the crises of later times, so has American constitutionalism proved to be organic and evolving, and to which each generation brings its insights on personal liberty.
Susan N. Herman, Centennial Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School; President of the ACLU
I. Bennett Capers, Stanley A. August Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School


Magna Carta (1215)

Brooklyn Law School to Host Magna Carta
Exhibit and Symposium

International traveling exhibit to commemorate 800th anniversary of Magna Carta will be open to public at the Law School and Brooklyn Borough Hall Sept. 14-28

Brooklyn Law School will serve as the official host when a traveling exhibit commemorating the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta comes to New York City from Sept. 14-28. The exhibit, “Magna Carta: Enduring Legacy 1215-2015,” is presented by the American Bar Association in partnership with the Library of Congress and its Law Library.
The exhibit will be open to the public on the first floor of Brooklyn Law School, 250 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, Sept. 14-19. Public viewing hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The exhibit will then move to Brooklyn Borough Hall, where it will be open to the public from Sept. 21-28. School and community groups are especially welcomed to visit the exhibit.   
“Magna Carta, as it was repeatedly revised and interpreted over the centuries, was integral to the creation of the American system of laws and still informs our nation’s commitment to securing the rights and liberties of all,” said Brooklyn Law School President and Dean Nicholas Allard. “Brooklyn is known as the ‘borough of immigrants’ and the ‘borough of churches,” and has long been a gateway to the American Dream for people of all backgrounds. So it is particularly fitting to host this major exhibit here.” 
In conjunction with the exhibit, on Sept. 17 Brooklyn Law School will hold a special day-long symposium – From Runnymede to Philadelphia to Cyberspace: The Enduring Legacy of Magna Carta – a global gathering of renowned legal scholars, authors, artists, historians, public officials, librarians, and archivists from around the world who will explore the continuing impact of this seminal document on U.S. law, civil rights and liberties, art, the role of libraries and archives in the Digital Age, and law and order in Cyberspace. The event is open to the public by RSVP.        
Curated by the Library of Congress, the exhibit features 16 banners, 13 of which reflect impressive images of Magna Carta and precious manuscripts, books and other documents from the Library of Congress’ rare book collections. The exhibit also incorporates a video, produced by the Library of Congress, showing the law librarian and the exhibit curator handling selected materials depicted in the exhibit and explaining their significance. Since the exhibit was unveiled by the ABA Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress in August 2014, it has traveled to more than a dozen cities throughout the U.S. and abroad, including Philadelphia, Chicago, and London. 
The principles found in Magna Carta, such as due process of law, played a fundamental role in establishing the supremacy of the law in constitutional, democratic societies, including concepts embraced by the Founding Fathers in the Bill of Rights. The importance of Magna Carta to American laws and freedoms was highlighted at the ABA Annual Meeting where Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts Jr. spoke of its significance. “When we talk about Magna Carta today, we’re not celebrating antiquated relics of a time long past,” he said. “Instead, we are referring to a small collection of provisions that express kernels of transcendent significance.”
Allard called some of the ideas expressed in Magna Carta the “genomes that can be found in the DNA of America, as embodied in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.”
For more information about ABA’s “Magna Carta: Enduring Legacy 1215-2015,” visit: http://ambar.org/mctravelingexhibit

Fuente: https://www.brooklaw.edu/newsandevents/news/2015/08-18-2015


Brooklyn Bridge, Nocturne (1912)
Karl Struss (1886 - 1981)

Agradezco a mi buen amigo Mike Widener (Rare Book Librarian and Lecturer in Legal Research, Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School) la noticia de esta interesante actividad academica, a cuya difusión he podido así contribuir desde este modesto blog en el sur de Europa.
En España, ahora, vuelve a la discusión política la oportunidad de una modificación constitucional. Es un asunto que, como los 'ojos del Guadiana', se embosca y otra vez aparece, con cierta periodicidad en la geografía (algo monótona) de nuestra Política. Andará el tiempo ... y veremos. Nadie, sin embargo, se conmueva por el trance. No llegará el 'trasvase' constitucional a río.
Se requerirían buenos constructores de puentes, que no diviso. A un lado y otro sólo contemplo  quienes en ingeniería política hacen agosto de 'consenso estratégico'. El 'consenso metodológico' desaguó por un ojo, y no ha vuelto a ver la luz.
Y es que aquí aún permanecemos en la Era del Barroco Analógico.

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