Call for Papers to The 7th International Anniversary Conference “The Magna Carta Paradigm: Meditations on a 800-Year Old Illustrious Document”   Baia Mare, 9-11 October 2015

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Magna Carta marks a crucial moment in the history of mankind, as it was the first instance when words were attached to the intrinsic need of human nature for freedom and self-expression. It represented the foundation for other bills of rights, for constitutions and law systems, for defining such concepts as equality, liberties, justice, protection against discriminations of any kind, etc. Starting from this prototype, European, American and some other civilizations constructed their understanding of human rights, and eventually, this path led to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The year 2015 and Magna Carta have been read and interpreted by many researchers in the domain of history and philosophy, but they have also been interpreted in literature and the arts. Novels, historical writings, Popular Culture interpretations, fundamental laws, and movies have praised this philosophy of freedom that is so important for our vision on life and society today.

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Wicked King John is forced to sign the Magna Carta at Runnymede on June 15, 1215 A.D (

The Baia Mare University Centre – Romania (part of the Technical University in Cluj Napoca) has a 7-year long tradition of its international anniversary conferences, and we thought that the year 2015 cannot offer any more challenging anniversary than that of the Magna Carta; especially so, as in Baia Mare the late Professor Victor Iancu started one of the first MA programs in human rights in Romania. Consequently, this conference will also be dedicated to his memory.

We expect academics and professionals from various related domains – literature, history, philosophy, law, human rights, politics, culture and civilization, the arts, popular culture – to come together to celebrate Magna Carta and its direct (or indirect) influences in today’s Weltanschauung.

Virtual presenters might get a better understanding of how we envisage this conference to be from the profile of the four keynote speakers we invited to honor us on this event:

  • Renate Weber, Human Rights expert, Member of the European Parliament, with a presentation entitled  “Où sont les neiges d’antan? What happened to our good, old civil rights and liberties?”
  • Nigel Saul, Professor with the Royal Holloway, University of London, the Department of History, Co-opted member of the Magna Carta 800th Committee, with a presentation entitled  “Magna Carta: England and Europe, Then and Now”
  • Edith Lommerse, psychologist, journalist and police officer in the Netherlands. Edith spent a year of her life 2012-2013 working for the EUPOL the European Police mission in Afghanistan as a Deputy Head of the Communication office. Since June 2012 she is the president of the University Women of Europe, with a presentation entitled  “From words into action, women claiming their divine rights”
  • Dan Horatiu Popescu, Assistant Professor with Partium University in Oradea, the Department of Eglish Language and Literature, with a presentation entitled “Romancing Negotiation”

Presentations are to be held in English or Romanian, for 15 minutes, followed by 10-minute sessions of questions and answers.

For registration please visit our website: or send an e-mail to with your name, affiliation, title and short abstract.

Participation fee:
150 lei for Romanian participants paying by 10 July 2015 and 200 lei for those who pay between 11 July and 30 September 2015.
40 euro for international participants paying by 10 July 2015 and 50 euro for those who pay between 11 July and 30 September 2015.
Participation fee shall be paid to the account bellow, with the note “Anniversary Conference 2015”:
BeneficiaryTechnical University of Cluj Napoca – North University Centre of Baia Mare
Address: 62A Victor Babes Street, 430083 Baia Mare, Maramures, Romania
Fiscal code: 3825886
Bank: Banca Comerciala Romana
IBAN: RO 21 RNCB 0182 0341 4879 0026

For accommodation and more information please contact:
Lecturer dr. Ligia Tomoiaga
University Women of Romania


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