Course Information
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorKyriakos Kyriazopoulos
Course ID100001588

Programme of Study: UPS School of Law (2015-today)

Registered students: 162
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Unified OrientationLimited Elective Courses in Special Topics214

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours2
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Background
  • General Knowledge
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
As a result of the teaching of the course of ecclesiastical law, students acquire legal specialization in one of the most broad specific legal disciplines, with frequent legal practice implementation. Specifically,the students learn and deepen on three main pillars: (a) the relations between church and state in Greece and Europe, with specific emphasis on their legal applications (jurisdiction of the State Council - ecclesiastical legal entities of public law and private law - clergy salaries - tax religions, etc.) (b) the constitutional and other legal protection of the right to religious freedom (freedom of religious conscience - freedom of worship - restrictions on the right - proselytism - religious freedom cases before the European Court of Human Rights - European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms), and (c) the legal status of the organization, administration and operation of the institutional church / religious entities (collective and single-person governing bodies, regulatory and legislative powers delegated to the local government, metropolitan-churches-monasteries, church property, ecclesiastical criminal law).
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The scientific object of Ecclesiastical Law: religious freedom – religious human rights (individual - collective dimension) – constitutional and legal relations between State and Church. Sources of Ecclesiastical Law of the Orthodox Church and of minority faiths. Interpretative methods of Ecclesiastical Law. Restrictions on religious human rights. Historical and modern systems of State and Church relations in Europe. Temporal relationships of State and Religions in Greece. The five orthodox ecclesiastical territories in Greece (Autocephalous Church of Greece, Dioceses of Northern Greece, Church of Crete, Patriarchal Dioceses of the Dodecanese, Mount Athos). Acquisition and loss of membership of the Orthodox Church. Discrimination of members of the Orthodox Church (clergy, laity, monks). Particular legal treatment of clerics and monks. Religious communities and minorities. The law of religious minorities with legal personality under private law (Old Calendarists - Catholic Church - Armenian Church - Protestant Churches - Jehovah's Witnesses - Muslims - Buddhists – Dodekatheists - Scientology).
Relations between Church and State, Religious Freedom, Organization and Administration Church and Religious Corporate, Church Property, Taxation I
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Written assigments
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
"1) ΚΩΝΣΤΑΝΤΙΝΟΣ Γ .ΠΑΠΑΓΕΩΡΓΙΟΥ, ΕΚΚΛΗΣΙΑΣΤΙΚΟ ΔΙΚΑΙΟ, 1/2013 Κωδικός Βιβλίου στον Εύδοξο: 33074652 ΕΚΔΟΣΕΙΣ ΜΠΑΡΜΠΟΥΝΑΚΗΣ ΧΑΡΑΛΑΜΠΟΣ 2) ΤΡΩΙΑΝΟΣ ΣΠΥΡΙΔΩΝ, ΠΟΥΛΗΣ Γ., Εκκλησιαστικό Δίκαιο, 2/2003 Κωδικός Βιβλίου στον Εύδοξο: 27840 ΑΝΤΩΝΙΟΣ Ν. ΣΑΚΚΟΥΛΑΣ 3) Κονιδάρης Ιωάννης, Εγχειρίδιο εκκλησιαστικού δικαίου, 2/2011 Κωδικός Βιβλίου στον Εύδοξο: 184831 ΕΚΔΟΣΕΙΣ ΣΑΚΚΟΥΛΑ ΑΕ"
Additional bibliography for study
▪ Ευ. Βενιζέλος, Οι σχέσεις Κράτους και Εκκλησίας, Θεσσαλονίκη 2000. ▪ Γ. Κτιστάκις, Θρησκευτική ελευθερία και Ευρωπαϊκή Σύμβαση Δικαιωμάτων του Ανθρώπου, Αθήνα-Κομοτηνή 2004. ▪ Κ. Κυριαζόπουλος, Περιορισμοί στην ελευθερία διδασκαλίας των μειονοτικών θρησκευμάτων, Θεσσαλονίκη 1999. ▪ Κ. Παπαγεωργίου, Θεωρία και Πράξη του Εκκλησιαστικού Δικαίου Ι, Θεσσαλονίκη 2014. ▪ Σ. Τρωιάνος / Κ. Παπαγεωργίου, Θρησκευτική Νομοθεσία. Ειδική Νομοθεσία - Βιβλιογραφία - Νομολογία, Αθήνα 2009.
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