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.

The Licentiate lasts for three academic years.

The first year of the Licentiate is dedicated to the study of the following subjects:

  • Italian language;
  • Latin language;
  • Methodological and introductory courses in Eastern Canon Law.

The second and third years are devoted to an in-depth study of the XXX Titles of the CCEO, i.e., the Schola textus, along with more specific issues in Eastern Canon Law.

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