School of Canon Law

Diritto Canonico

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.

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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.



In evidenza

Main purposes of the program: Update on new law, doctrinal and jurisprudential developments in the area of penal canon law. Enhancement of professional qualification and deontological sensitivity. Case law. Exchange of experiences with professionals and professors.

Corso di aggiornamento "Diritto e Procedure penali"

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The Academic Guide for the year 2021/2022 is available for consultation. 

Academic guide

The following appointments have been made by the Grand Chancellor of the University, Mons. Fernando Ocáriz, and are effective for four years starting with the 2021-2022 academic year and lasting until the end of the 2024-2025 academic year:

Professor Juan Manuel Mora will take on the position of Vice-Rector for Communication, replacing Professor Diego Contreras, who has held the position for the last eight years.

Rev. Jesús Saenz has been appointed Secretary General, replacing Rev. Manuel Miedes.

Rev. Manuel Miedes has been appointed University Chaplain, replacing Rev. Antonio Rodríguez de Rivera, who returns to other pastoral responsibilities after 7 years as chaplain.

On Thursday, May 20, 2021, the title of "Professor Emeritus" was conferred on Prof. Msgr. Joaquín Llobell of the School of Canon Law.

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Atto accademico in onore del prof. mons. Joaquín Llobell


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