Course Information
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
Course ID100001715

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

Registered students: 4
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Unified OrientationElective CoursesSpring-4

Class Information
Academic Year2023 – 2024
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
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
As a result of the successful participation in the course of Ecclesiastical Law, students: ▪ a theoretical level, gain a broad knowledge of constitutional and generally multilevel fair relationship between the state and churches / religions in Greece and Europe, learning to critically approach the various aspects of these relations, ▪ a practical level, and through the analysis of the case of the Greek and European courts (Council of State - Supreme Court - European Court of Human Rights) acquire legal specialization in an industry with frequent litigation application, learning to argue either in court or in public / private dialogue constitutionally viable for solving these problems. Specifically, learn and deepen in the following three main cognitive pillars of Church Law: (a) Relationship state and churches / religions in Greece and Europe, focusing on the specific legal applications (such as: cancellation competence Council of State, the Supreme Court and other courts - organization, management, operation and decision making in ecclesiastical legal entities of public law and private law - payroll clergy - financial and tax treatment of religions), (b) Constitutional and other legal protection of the right to religious freedom (freedom of religious conscience - freedom of worship - restrictions on the right - conversion - religious freedom cases before the European Court of Human Rights - European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms)
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)
Comparative Constitutional and Legal Status of Religious Affairs in Greece and the European Union. Church and State Relations in Greece and the European Union. Content protection and restriction of the right to religious freedom. Sources of Ecclesiastical Law. Methods of interpreting the provisions of canon law. Church members, legal personnel and property status of these. Internal organization and administration of religions. Ecclesiastical criminal law. Church property, financial status of religions.
Relations between Church and State, Religious Freedom, Organization and Administration of Church and Religious Legal Entities, church property
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • 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
Reading Assigment
Written assigments
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
Constantinos Papageorgiou, An Introduction to Hellenic Ecclesiastical Law, Thessaloniki 2011. Gerhard Robbers, State and Church in Europe, Baden-Baden 2005.
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