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Pivotal moment is the history of law

12 key moments in the history of law from the dawn of civilisation to today.

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Pivotal moment is the history of law

  1. 1. PIVOTAL MOMENTS IN LEGAL HISTORY Key events in the evolution of law from the dawn of civilisation to today
  2. 2. 2853 BC - EMPEROR FU XI Laid down the laws of humanity, establishing moral & social orders
  3. 3. 1300 BC - THE TEN COMMANDMENTS In the bible written that God gave the 10 Commandments to Moses. An early statement of fundamental principles.
  4. 4. 399 BC - SOCRATES TRIAL Early recorded trial with Socrates willing to die for his belief in espousing the truth as he sees it.
  5. 5. 50 BC - CICERO THEORIES Cicero formulated that human beings should follow the natural law of reason - forming the basis of modern law.
  6. 6. 700 AD - FINGERPRINTING INVENTED Invented in China as a means to authenticate loans and contracts.
  7. 7. 871 AD - ALFRED THE GREAT Introduced the principle of trial by jury.
  8. 8. 1215 AD - MAGNA CARTER The establishment that ‘no freeman should be deprived of life, liberty or poverty except by legal judgement…’
  9. 9. 1679 AD - HABEAS CORPUS Prohibiting even a ruler operating outside the law preventing unlawful detention, or arbitrary imprisonment.
  10. 10. 1804 AD - NAPOLEON’S CIVIL CODE Comprehensive Code of Civil Law enshrining principles of individual liberty and equality before the law.
  11. 11. 1885 AD - A.V.DICEY BRITISH CONSTITUTION Book setting out the twin pillars of the primacy of Parliament and the Rule of Law, safeguarding the independence of the judiciary.
  12. 12. 1911 AD - THE PARLIAMENT ACT Establishment of the supremacy of the elected Commons over the non-elected Lords. The Lords could no longer block legislation.
  13. 13. 1959 AD - EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS Jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights over member states of the Council of Europe.
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