Pontifical Oriental Institute

Eastern Canon Law

The Pontifical Oriental Institute is home to the only Catholic Faculty of Oriental Canon Law in the world.

The main area of work of this Faculty is the CCEO, which is the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches. Teaching and research also include the historical sources of the canons, the philosophy and theology of law, and the study of the various particular laws of the Churches sui iuris.

After completing the Bachelor's degree in Theology (first cycle), students are admitted to the Licentiate (D.C.O.L.).

After completing the Licentiate (second cycle), students can enroll in the Doctoral program (D.C.O.D.).

Those who are interested in deepening a specific topic or having a general knowledge of Eastern Canon Law can enroll in the Diploma in Eastern Canon Law.

In addition to the Licentiate and Doctoral degrees, the Faculty offers a Diploma in Eastern Canon Law.

Study Program

The Diploma in Eastern Canon Law is a one-year course of study and consists of 12 courses and 1 seminar.

The Diploma is designed for those who wish to:

  • study inter-ritual issues (baptism, marriage, religious, etc.);
  • conclude the first cycle with a 4th year of theology;
  • learn about Eastern codification;
  • attend to their own continuing education as eparchial jurists.
  • The personalized study program is developed together with the Dean based on the student’s interests and needs.

To learn about all the requirements and documentation needed for enrollment, click here.

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