School of Law

Professor Geraldine Van Bueren QC 'Magna Carta's lost sister' in The Times

19 June 2014

Geraldine Van Bueren QC, Professor of International Human Rights Law, writes on the Charter of the Forest (1217) - Magna Carta's 'forgotten sister' - in a letter to The Times. The Charter "protected (albeit in feudal terms) social rights – including the right to food". Professor Van Bueren says that in 21st century Britain no one should need to use a food bank, and suggests that during the Magna Carta’s anniversary year the coalition and opposition "should agree to reinstate what was once British: the basic human right to food".