- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 7, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta is being marked in South Carolina with a talk on representative democracy and a discussion of the idea that not even kings are above the law.

The University of South Carolina is sponsoring the talk by University of Virginia law Professor A. E. Dick Howard at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. It’s taking place at Hollings Special Collections Library on the Columbia campus.

The library also has an exhibit on Magna Carta, which was signed in June 1215 between the barons of medieval England and King John. The term is Latin and means “Great Charter,” and is a basis for English common law.

The lecture is sponsored by the university’s School of Law and the University Libraries.

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