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 annual offering of courses in the Faculty of Eastern Canon Law is distributed as follows:

  • first-year courses, compulsory, which provide the foundation for the study of Eastern Canon Law;
  • principal courses, compulsory, Schola textus, i.e., canonical exegesis of the XXX Titles of the CCEO;
  • auxiliary courses, compulsory, dealing with subjects complementary to the Schola textus of the CCEO;
  • optional courses, elective, which delve into certain themes and issues specific to Eastern Canon Law;
  • seminars, which can accommodate a maximum of eight students and allow for the exercise of scientific research methodology in practice.

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