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.

After passing all the required exams and submitting the dissertation, the student may be admitted to the final exam of the Licentiate.

The Licentiate exam consists of:

  • a written comprehensive examination, which includes three questions and covers the entire CCEO (duration: four hours);
  • an oral comprehensive examination, which includes four questions and covers the entire CCEO, in the presence of two commissions, each of two professors (duration: two sessions of 30 minutes each).

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