Religious phenomenon law (2020/2021)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Giuseppe Comotti
Giuseppe Comotti
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
2° periodo di lezioni - febbraio/marzo 2021 dal Feb 15, 2021 al Mar 29, 2021.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course aims at providing students with the tools that are necessary to understand and comprehend, both in a historical and in an actual perspective, the relevance of the religious phenomenon for the legal systems. In this respect, special attention will be devoted to the right to freedom of religion and to the relationships of the Italian State with the Catholic church and other religious faiths. At the end of the course, students shall be able to solve complex and never addressed legal problems concerning the religious phenomenon and the interaction between confessional rules and the national and European legal order, by correctly identifying and referring to the pertinent legal sources, case-law and scholarly opinions.


Historical development of systems of relationships between the State and religious Confessions.
Constitutional law and religion
The right to religious freedom and conscientious objections
The principle of the secular State
Lateran Pacts. The Holy See and the Vatican City State
The agreements between the Italian State and the other religions
The ecclesiastical entities
The religious buildings
The ministers of religion
Civil recognition of religious marriage and ecclesiastical judgments

The teaching consists in:
• lectures on the course topics
• analysis of materials placed on e-earning platform and discussed during lectures, in order to foster a critical approach by students
• conferences by Italian and foreign experts, so as to provide students with different approaches to the subject

During the academic year the teacher receives students at the times indicated in web pages, no need to set a specific date

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Finocchiaro, F. Diritto ecclesiastico. Edizione compatta Zanichelli 2017
ZUANAZZI I. - RUSCAZIO M.C. - CIRAVEGNA M. La convivenza delle religioni negli ordinamenti giuridici dei Paesi europei Giappichelli 2016

Assessment methods and criteria

La preparazione sarà valutata (con votazione espressa in trentesimi) tenendo conto, in particolare, dei seguenti indicatori: conoscenza dell'argomento, completezza e chiarezza di esposizione, capacità di argomentazione e ricorso alla corretta terminologia giuridica.
Knowledge and skills provided will be verified with an final examination on the whole program.

A) Students attending classes: they can choose a written examination. Students will be required to answer to three open-ended questions. They can prepare for the examination on lecture notes

B) Students not attending classes: oral examination.

Grades will be expressed in /30 taking into account knowledge of the subject, accuracy in response, quality of the legal reasoning and use of the correct legal terminology.