Centre for interdisciplinary Studies on Law and Religion (ZiRR)

Dear vistors,

Welcome to the website of the Centre for interdisciplinary Studies on Law and Religion at the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz!

We are delighted about your interest in our topics on religion and law and would like to invite you to an academic exchange: zirr(at)uni-mainz.de.


Prof. Dr. Matthias Pulte und Prof. Dr. Josef Ruthig

1. Research and Publications:

Implementation and support of interdisciplinary religious legal researches with a focus on religion and religious constitutional law. The research approach is interdisciplinary both regarding the involved departments/faculties and the content-related approach.


 2. Continuing Education and Professional Support by Key Actors and Opinion Leaders:

Conducting of conferences, congresses and lecture series involving foreign scholars and experts to work on religious-legal questions.


 3. Certified Trainings:

The procedural Canon law norms provide in the Motu Proprio Mitis Iudex Dominus (Art. 2-4 Ratio procedendi) that ecclesial counsellors in marriage matters are to be implemented at various levels in the dioceses and parishes. With the Instruction of 29.4.2018, the legislator is now creating the legal framework for the training and continuing education of counsellors.

Following the mandate of the legislator, the Seminar for Canon Law, Ecclesiastical Legal History and Constitutional Church Law of the JGU Mainz has been offering a corresponding further training or key qualification for counsellors at the parish level since the winter semester 2019/20, which is suitable to enable the dioceses to implement this mandate.

The offer is aimed at students of theology and law and those trained accordingly in church ministry, but also in counselling and advocacy professions working in the field of marriage and family.

This is a free offer for JGU students. For participants from outside JGU who have completed a degree with a theological background, the costs are a one-off €420. The costs for JGU-external participants with a legal background are a one-time fee of 910€. Students from other universities and colleges pay the following one-time fees, depending on their field of study: Theologians 200€, lawyers 300€. University credits earned outside the university can be recognised, but only in the area of canon law if they were acquired at the time of the current legal situation.

At the moment, the training is offered in German. An expansion of the offer in English is planned for the academic year 2022/23 and will be introduced at short notice depending on the number of registrations.

For further information see at the moment the German page: SQ Beratung im kirchlichen Eherecht | FB 01 - Katholisch-theologische Fakultaet - Kirchenrecht (uni-mainz.de)