This conference is a singular event, long over due. It has been 258 years since William Blackstone celebrated “these two sacred charters,”1 Carta de Foresta and Magna Carta, with his celebrated publication of their authentic texts. In 2015, the Great Charter of Liberties enjoyed scholarly, political and popular focus. The companion Forest Charter was and is too much neglected.2 I salute the American Bar Association, and Dan Magraw, for the ABA’s educational focus of the Forest Charter, as well as Magna Carta. Today we restore some balance with this conference’s searching and insightful examination of the Forest Charter’s significance.
Nicholas A. Robinson, University Professor for the Environment & Kerlin Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law Emeritus, Address at the Lincoln Charter of the Forest Conference, Bishop Grosseteste University : The Charter of the Forest: Evolving Human Rights in Nature (Sept. 22-25, 2017), http://digitalcommons.pace.edu/lawfaculty/1075/.