01879 - Comparative Italian Ecclesiastical Law

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Gender equality Reduced inequalities Sustainable cities Partnerships for the goals

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

The course provides relevant information according to the protection of religious freedom and the individual and collective actual operations of religions and their institutions in our and in other jurisdictions. A particular attention is reserved to the comparative of all the issues addressed and the recent phenomenon of territorial rights of religious freedom.

Course contents

-Systems of relationship between the State and religious Confessions. Comparison with Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain and Eastern Europe countries.
- Legislative negotiation, deregulation, concerted action.
- The sources of ecclesiastical law: the agreed arrangements, the ecclesiastical Treaties.
- The unilateral legislation of the State.
- Definition of religion: comparative aspects.
- Republican State and the Catholic Church in Italy.
- Confessions of minor religions and Agreements with the State.
- Confessions Agreement-free.
- Religious freedom and legislation about cults. In Italy and in Europe.
- Religious education in public schools.
- The right to dispose of religious buildings and territorial rights of religious freedom.
- Mintenance of the clergy.
- Criminal protection of cults.


The program for Erasmus students is the same as that for Italian students, excluding any adjustments agreed with the teacher. The following textbook are recommended:

P. Consorti, Diritto e religione. Basi e prospettive, ultima edizione, 2020.

Teaching methods

Students which attended the 70% of the lessons, could sustain a partial test verification in the early December, which will focus on the institutional part of the course and the monographic part.
The oral examination at the end of the course will focus only on the remaining part of the program carried out during the course.

THESIS AWARD The title of the thesis will be assigned to the student before sustaining the 2 last exams at the end of the course. The assiduous attendance would represent an advantage for the allocation of the thesis.

Assessment methods

An oral test. Tests won't be sustained outside the appeals.

Teaching tools

Slide in Power Point format, lightboard, etc..

Students who need compensatory tools for reasons of disability or Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) will communicate to the teacher their needs so as to be directed to the dedicated person and arrange on the adoption of the most appropriate measures.

The collaborators of the Chair and the Professors will receive the students on the same day.

Office hours

See the website of Antonello De Oto