History GCSE: The Petition of Right and Habeas Corpus

Lawyer Harry Potter discusses the significance of the Petition of Right and the role of Edward Coke in the development of civil liberties for individual subjects.

The introduction of the principle of habeus corpus, that anyone imprisoned without cause could demand that their jailer had to justify their actions, is explained.

Coke’s ideals were even incorporated into the American Constitution.

This short film is from the BBC series, The Strange Case of the Law.

Teacher Notes

Students could identify key words while watching this short film.

They could define civil liberties and discuss why habeus corpus was so important.

Curriculum Notes

This short film will be relevant for teaching GCSE history and social studies. This topic appears in OCR, AQA, Edexcel, WJEC KS4/GCSE in England and Wales, CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland and SQA National 4/5 in Scotland.

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