School of Canon Law


The School of Canon Law strives to prepare canonists with a deep theoretical and practical knowledge of Church law, which helps them develop legal skills with pastoral sensibility, while meeting the practical demands of legal praxis among God's people.

Teaching follows a systematic method. It attempts to integrate the many juridical institutions emerging from the study of the Church’s Law within the diverse branches of canonical science. All this, in conformity with the Church’s vision of herself as expressed in the Second Vatican Council.

The program’s realist perspective helps the student to appreciate the dimension of justice that belongs to the salvific goods of the Church even prior to their reception in positive law.  This metaphysical realism offers a much richer viewpoint than the old positivistic outlook, which still influences some currents of canonical thought.  Students learn to seek justice while exercising legal prudence in fidelity to sound ecclesiastical tradition.
The program integrates theoretical study with courses on legal praxis.

The School has a large number of permanent professors as well as many prestigious visiting professors from the Roman Curia and from all over the world.

The School’s research and teaching are enriched by the staff’s experience in various dicasteries of the Holy See and in the Tribunals of the Vicariate of Rome. Close links to and regular academic collaboration with colleagues from other universities of Rome and of other countries also enrich the School, along with the theological research and collaboration of the School of Theology.


Bulletin Board

Scuola e religione in Europa. Linee evolutive degli ultimi 20 anni

Seminario per professori: Prof.ssa Rita Benigni (Roma Tre). 17 marzo, ore 11.30. Aula Benedetto XVI.

Presentazione a Roma della recente monografia del prof. Schouppe

"La dimension institutionnelle de la liberté de religion dans la jurisprudence de la Cour européenne des droits de l’homme", éditions A. Pedone, Paris 2015. Nella LUMSA (Via Pompeo Magno 22),  1° marzo, ore 17.00. Info.

Il prof. Joaquín Llobell alle "XIII Conversaciones Canónicas Valentinas...

Svolte i giorni 8, 9 e 10 di febbraio 2016, sulla riforma dei processi di nullità del matrimonio. Organizza la "Universidad Católica de Valencia. San Vicente Mártir. Info. Video.

"Church and State in Middle and Eastern Europe" (Freising)

Presente il Nunzio S.E.R. mons. Nicola Eterovic, il prof. Stefan Mückl è stato il moderatore scientifico della conferenza internazionale del Academic Working Group of the Commission for Global Church Affairs of the German Bishops‘ Conference (1-4 febbraio 2016). Info.