08 January 2018

BOOK: Stephen Winter and Chris Jones, Magna Carta and New Zealand : History, Politics and Law in Aotearoa (Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). $ 109,00. ISBN 978-3-319-58439-3

Palgrave Macmillan has recently published a book on the influence of Magna Charta on the legal history of New Zealand.

This volume is the first to explore the vibrant history of Magna Carta in Aotearoa New Zealand’s legal, political and popular culture. Readers will benefit from in-depth analyses of the Charter’s reception along with explorations of its roles in regard to larger constitutional themes. 
The common thread that binds the collection together is its exploration of what the adoption of a medieval charter as part of New Zealand’s constitutional arrangements has meant – and might mean – for a Pacific nation whose identity remains in flux. The contributions to this volume are grouped around three topics: remembrance and memorialization of Magna Carta; the reception of the Charter by both Māori and non-Māori between 1840 and 2015; and reflection on the roles that the Charter may yet play in future constitutional debate. This collection provides evidence of the enduring attraction of Magna Carta, and its importance as a platform of constitutional aspiration.

“… a Document of Our Times.” Magna Carta in Aotearoa New Zealand, Jones, Chris (et al.), 3-20
Magna Carta and Memorialization: The Perils of Historical Anniversaries, Diggelmann, Lindsay, 23-44
Myths and History: The Treaty of Waitangi as “The Magna Charta of New Zealand”, Williams, David V, 45-64
Magna Carta and a Paradox of Authority, Sharp, Andrew, 67-88
Symbol and Myth: Magna Carta in Legal and Public Discourse About Law and Rights in New Zealand, 1840−1940, Finn, Jeremy, 89-109
The Politics of Magna Carta and the Ancient Constitution in New Zealand, 1642–c.1860, Kemp, Geoff, 111-131
The Myth of the “Māori Magna Carta”, Tau, Te Maire (et al.), 133-152
Mekana Tata: Magna Carta and the Political Thought of Aperahama Taonui, Kamau, Laura, 153-159
The Utility of a Medieval Charter in New Zealand Litigation: The Case of the Magna Carta, Breach, Lindsay, 161-180
Magna Carta and the Righteous Underdog in Modern Popular Culture, Milne-Tavendale, Anna, 181-203
Magna Carta’s Promise: Strengthening the Declaration of Rights-Inconsistency, Winter, Stephen, 207-227
Mana and Magna Carta: Locating New Legacies for a Medieval Charter in Post-colonial Aotearoa New Zealand Jones, Chris, 229-251
Tear it up? Challenging the Charter, Winter, Stephen (et al.), 255-263

For more information, see the website of the publisher 

(Source: Portail universitaire du droit)

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