An innovative course, both in terms of subject matter and methodological adaptation. It is the new Diploma in Penal Jurisprudence, which the Faculty of Canon Law will activate in the academic year 2021-2022. Offered to a limited number of 14 candidates, the Diploma course is aimed at those who are applying to work in the courts and already have a license or doctorate in canon law.
«In the Church there is a need to learn canon law not only in the theoretical dimension, but also in its applications», explains Fr. Damián Guillermo Astigueta, S.J., coordinator of the Diploma. «There are cases judged by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, others by the Congregation for the Clergy, others by the Sacra Rota: who to turn to? In the acts then converge statements, documents, e-mails, photographs ... but what clues help to understand reality? How are the facts reconstructed? How is the hierarchy of evidence established? How is an interrogation done? What psychological attention should you have with the client? When is there the moral certainty of guilt or not? The Diploma in Penal Jurisprudence is a fundamentally practical course where students - led by professors of depth and experience - are confronted with real causes».
Through monographic courses and practical seminars, the Diploma course will deepen the major issues of criminal law, as well as extra-codicial legislation and the implementation of the different roles within the process. Particular attention will also be paid to the study of economic abuse, a subject that is rarely known because of the expertise it requires, as well as child abuse, in cooperation with the Centre for Child Protection of the Pontifical Gregorian University. Competent collaborators for the Italian penal system will also be involved.
Applications for admission must be submitted by May 30, 2021. For more information on the program, admission requirements and contacts, see the Diploma in Penal Jurisprudence page.