Welcome to ACU’s Canon Law Centre. Join us as we support a new generation of scholars, clergy and lay people to face the complexity of today’s challenges, equipped with unique and deeply-grounded insights from the rich tradition of the juridical system of the Catholic Church.
The Roman Catholic Church is an intentionally ordered and systematised global community which facilitates religious worship, belief, teaching and action. The juridical structures, rules, formalised teachings and procedures which govern this community are collectively referred to as “Canon Law”.
The Canon Law Centre (CLC) seeks to promote and develop Canon Law, in its theoretical and practical aspects, in Australia and overseas.
The CLC consultants and experts are committed to:
The CLC is led by a Director who is supported by a Board of Advisors, whose role pertains to governance of the Centre. The CLC’s international Board of Consultants contribute to the Centre’s activities and provide expert advice on canonical matters and related fields.
Michele Riondino commenced as Professor of Canon Law and International Children's Rights at ACU’s Thomas More Law School in 2019 where, later that year, he was appointed as inaugural Director of the Canon Law Centre. Michele brings a wealth of knowledge from his work in Italy, Spain and England to the Australasian context where he hopes, through the Centre, to promote both the study of Canon Law and its application for the benefit of individuals, institutions and communities across the region.
After obtaining his Law Degree, BPhil, BTheol, MTheol and PhD, Michele worked as a full professor of Canon Law at the Pontifical Lateran University (Rome, Italy). During his tenure, he was also an adjunct professor at LUMSA University School of Law (Rome, Italy), a visiting professor at UCAM School of Law (Murcia, Spain), and a visiting scholar at Heythrop College, University of London. Michele is currently a visiting professor at John Paul II Institute in Madrid. More than fifty juridical articles, book chapters and books written by Prof Riondino have been published, including works in Italian, English, Spanish and Portuguese. He has enjoyed the privilege of serving the Catholic Church and the field of law through various consultancies and assignments, which have included Scientific Committees for journals such as Vergentis and Monitor Ecclesiasticus.
Dean, John Paul II Theological Institute for the Sciences of Marriage and the Family in Madrid (Spain); Judge at the Tribunal of the Rota of the Nunciature of Spain
Vice President, Australian Catholic University
Director, PM Glynn Institute, Australian Catholic University
Dean, School of Canon Law, The Catholic University of America (USA)
Head, Department of Private Law and Critique of Law, University of Padua (Italy)
Executive Dean, Faculty of Theology and Philosophy, Australian Catholic University
Bishop of the Diocese of Broken Bay, Australia
Dean, Thomas More Law School, Australian Catholic University
Dean, Faculty of Canon Law, KU Leuven (Belgium)
Judicial Vicar for the Interdiocesan Tribunal of NSW and ACT; Adjunct Professor of Canon Law at The University of Notre Dame Australia
Michele Riondino, Director
Jessica Slater, Administrative Officer
Thomas More Law School
Australian Catholic University
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