Chair of Canon Law

The team of the Chair of Canon Law welcomes you on these pages. Here we inform you about the profile of our department, the tasks of the chair, introduce the staff and their main areas of research. You will also find current information about conferences and excursions.


At its meeting in February 2024 in Indonesia, the Faith and Constitution Commission of the World Council of Churches, based in Geneva, elected the Dutch Catholic theologian and Professor of Canon Law at the University of Erfurt, Prof. Dr. Myriam…

The 2023 synod summit in the Vatican ended with a series of openings for reform, including on the role of women, training of priests and a re-think of the church’s sexual teaching.


Myriam Wijlens & Vimal Tirimanna CSsR (Hrsg.)

The People of God have Spoken – Continental Ecclesial Assemblies within the Synod on Synodality
("Das Volk Gottes hat gesprochen – Kontinentale Kirchenversammlungen im Rahmen der Synode zur Synodalität")


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Bild: Studierende aus der Katholisch Theologischen Fakultät der Universität Erfurt mit Uta Losem, Dr. Jörg Lüer und Andreas Unrau, am 31.10.2022

Catholic Church in Germany - A Meeting with People and Institutions in Berlin

As part of the seminar "Catholic Church in Germany - meeting people and institutions in Berlin", the responsible persons, Prof. Dr. Myriam Wijlens and Dr. Mykola Marksteiner-Mishchenko, organised the opportunity for students from the Faculty of Theology at the University of Erfurt to talk to management staff from five different institutions in Berlin on 31 October 2022. The aim was, on the one hand, to get to know the work tasks and projects of the institutions and, on the other hand, to explore potential traineeships and work positions.

Informative lectures, exciting discussions and enriching encounters took place for the 17 participants with Ms. Uta Losem, Deputy Head of the Commissariat of the German Bishops - Catholic Office, Mr. Andreas Unrau, Head of Department for Entrepreneurial Issues and Economy of the Social at the Caritas Association Germany, Prof. Dr. Thomas R. Elßner, Senior Scientific Director of the Catholic Military Bishops' Office and Dr. Jörg Lüer, Executive Director of the German Commission Justitia et Pax. For the shot, Nunciature Counsellor Dr Jürgen Doetsch received the group at the Apostolic Nunciature. After his lecture, he surprised the group with a wonderful light meal so that everyone could start the return journey refreshed. The students had prepared themselves for the encounters in terms of content in a seminar beforehand. They were very impressed by the work done by the different institutions. After the last few years, which were strongly influenced by Corona, it was good for everyone to be together as a group. A big thank you to all participants for a successful event!

Special thanks go to the Friends of the Catholic Theological Faculty Erfurt e.V., which was founded in 1996 with the aim of promoting the Catholic Theological Faculty both ideally and economically, and which supported the trip to Berlin financially. Further sponsorship measures and supporting projects as well as the possibility to become a member can be found at:

StuFu "The Wellbeing of the Child: Promotion-Protection-Rights"

Information: The Wellbeing of the Child: Promotion-Protection-Rights
This Seminar is a multi-dimensional course, aimed to students from diverse academic studies who are interested in gaining interdisciplinary knowledge concerning the wellbeing of the children. The purpose of the course is to reflect on the notion of wellbeing of children from some of the most relevant perspectives, such as legal, medical, social, psychological, ethical, theological etc.
Students will be able to appreciate and understand the multidimensional aspects that come into play when attending to the wellbeing of children. Different disciplines offer their own valuable contribution and need to be seen in connection to each other.
From a methodological perspective: this course will be offered as a Module of the Studium Fundamentale during the winter-semester 2022/2023. It consists of a series of weekly lectures given by different experts from around the world. Guest lecturers will give an online 60-minute presentation in their field of expertise and will be available for a 30-minute discussion with the students.
All lectures will be held in English.


Myriam Wijlens behält Honorarprofessur an der Universität Durham

Die Universität Durham hat Prof. Dr. Myriam Wijlens, Kirchenrechtlerin an der Universität Erfurt, erneut zu Honorarprofessorin ernannt. Diese Ehre wurde ihr seit 2012 bereits mehrfach zuteil. 

Mit der Professur ist insbesondere eine Forschungskooperation im Projekt "Receptive Ecumenism" verbunden. Prof. Wijlens und Prof. Dr. Paul Murray, der Leiter des Departments of Theology and Religion in Durham, wurden u.a. wegen dieses Projektes 2018 vom Päpstlichen Rat zur Förderung der Einheit der Christen im Vatikan und von der Anglikanischen Kirche in Canterbury als Experten für den internationalen Dialog zwischen den Anglikanern und Katholiken ernannt (ARCIC III). Zu diesem Projekt gehört auch die Erforschung der Strukturen der Entscheidungsfindung in den beiden Kirchen. Damit in engem Zusammenhang steht überdies die Forschung von Myriam Wijlens zum Thema „Transparency – Accountability – Responsability: Reform of Church Structures and Practices"

Offizielle Mitteilung der Katholisch-Theologischen Fakultät der Universität Erfurt

Tillard Chair: Lecture of Professor Myriam Wijlens - "The Church of God is convened in Synod"

Den Vortrag von Prof. Dr. Myriam Wijlens zum Thema

"The Church of God is Convoked in Synod": Theological and Canonical Challenges
Concerning the 2021-2023 Synod

vom 19.11.2021 am Tillard Chair des Angelicum in Rom, können Sie  hier gerne nachhören.

Was sagt das Kirchenrecht zur neuen Weltsynode?

Papst Franziskus hat am Sonntag den 09.10.2021 den synodalen Prozess der Weltkirche eröffnet. Beraten wird er dabei unter anderem von der Erfurter Kirchenrechtlerin Myriam Wijlens, die deutlich macht: In Mecklenburg-Vorpommern müssen andere Regeln gelten als in Bombay.

Den ganzen Artikel zum Interview, sowie das Interview selbst von Frau Prof. Wijlens mit Renardo Schlegelmilch von DOMRADIO.DE können Sie hier nachlesen.

Foto: Vatican News

Consultor of the Synod of Bishops - "It's going to be an exciting story."

The universal Church will have much to learn from the global south at the Synod of Bishops about Synodality in the fall of 2023. "It's going to be an exciting story," said Prof. Myriam Wijlens, whom Pope Francis recently appointed as a consultor of the Synod of Bishops. She considers Synodality - the common journeying of the People of God - to be an extremely urgent topic.

You can read the whole article about the interview of Prof. Wijlens with Grudrun Sailer from Vatican News here.

Foto: Vatican News

Neues Vademecum über die Verfahren in Fällen sexuellen Missbrauchs von Minderjährigen

Prof. Myriam Wijlens, Mitglied der Päpstlichen Kinderschutzkommission, begrüßt ein neues Vademecum über die Verfahren in Fällen sexuellen Missbrauchs von Minderjährigen und bezeichnet es als einen großen Schritt vorwärts bei der Suche nach Gerechtigkeit und Wahrheit. Lesen Sie mehr.

Information for students

Examination matters

Here you will find important information about exams in canon law.


The following materials are generally permitted in the canon law examinations and are provided by the examination chairpersons/supervisors:

- Codex Iuris Canonici (CIC), with a supplement on the amendments in the case of older editions.

- Codex Canonum Ecclesiarum Orientalium (CCEO).

Tools and recommendations

Here, in the future, there will be recommendations on various working materials and basic literature.

Perspectives after graduation

Today, our graduates are active in many areas in Church and society, for example, in the German Bishops' Conference, in (inter)diocesan offices or in the leadership of a diocese.
Do you have questions about how to continue in the field of canon law after graduation?
We will be happy to advise you!



Holder of the Professorship for Canon Law
(Faculty of Catholic Theology)
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Claudia Pätzold
Sekretariat der Professur Kirchenrecht
(Faculty of Catholic Theology)
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University of Erfurt
Faculty of Catholic Theology
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99084 Erfurt

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University of Erfurt
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99089 Erfurt