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Auf dieser Webseite finden Sie Informationen zu meinem wissenschaftlichen Werdegang sowie meiner kanonistischen Forschung, Publikations- und Vortragstätigkeit.

Welcome to my webpage!

This webpage provides some information about me and my research on canon law and theology, law and religion.

Newest Article (open access):

Hahn, Judith, Guilt, Innocence, and Remaining Doubts: Some Considerations on the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s Three-Verdict System of Deciding Cases of Sexual Abuse, Oxford Journal of Law and Religion 10 (2021) (advance article).

Abstract: The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith recently published a Vademecum to guide the ecclesiastical investigation and adjudication of cases of sexual abuse of minors committed by Catholic clergy. By collecting existing regulations, the Vademecum provides some remarkable insights into how the congregation operates its penal trials. The document inter alia discloses that the congregation operates with three verdicts in penal trials, ‘constat’, ‘non constat’, and ‘constat de non’, which roughly correlate with the verdicts ‘guilty’, ‘not proven’, and ‘not guilty’ of Scottish law. It is particularly this differentiation of two acquittals, with the same legal effects but different implications, which fundamentally impacts how the congregation decides penal cases. I will shed more light on this issue by introducing the regular canonical verdict system and the congregation’s innovation, by comparing it with secular two- and three-verdict systems, and by discussing my findings to discover the merits and demerits of three verdicts.

Upcoming Talks:

22 October 2021 | “The Law, the Faithful, and the Power of Non-Reception: Towards a Legal Theory of Dissent”, Leuven Encounters in Systematic Theology XIII: “Dissenting Church: Exploring the Theological Power of Conflict and Disagreement”, 20–23 October 2021, KU Leuven (Online-Conference).

16 November 2021 |Amoris Laetitia: Developments in Canon Law and Pastoral Practices”, Association of Moral Theologians of India (AMTI), Annual Conference “Five Years of Amoris Laetitia: Developments in Moral Theology and Challenges in Pastoral Practices”, 16, 23, 30 November 2021 (Online-Conference).

17 November 2021 | “Church Conceptions of ‘Family’ in the Secular State”, Conference “Between Sexuality, Gender & Reproduction: On the Pluralization of Family Forms”, 17–18 November 2021, Käte Hamburger Center “Law as Culture ”, University of Bonn (Online-Conference).