The Catholic University of America

Dr. Kurt Martens, J.C.D.

Professor of Canon Law
Phone Number: 202-319-5492
Fax Number: 202-319-4187


  • Education

    Law Degree, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
    J.C.L., Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
    J.C.D., Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium  
  • Biography

    Courses taught: Religious Liberty, Structures of the Particular Church, Supra-Diocesan Structures in the Church, Due Process, Protection of Rights in the Administrative Life of the Church, Roman Law, Seminar in Canonical Studies, Readings in the Church’s Office of Teaching, Canon Law for the Pastoral Minister, Canon Law for Civil Lawyers.

    Areas of specialization: Church and State, Due Process, Public Law of the Church (Diocesan and Supra- Diocesan Church Structures)

    Professional memberships/activities: Canon Law Society of America (CLSA); Werkgroep Nederlandstalige Canonisten (WNC); Groupe de travail des canonistes francophones de Belgique; International Consortium for Law and Religion Studies (ICLARS); Canon Law Society of Great Britain and Ireland; Canadian Canon Law Society / Société canadienne de droit canonique; Consociatio Internationalis Studio Iuris Canonici Promovendo; Member of the Editorial Committee The Jurist; Member of the Editorial Board of the Gratianus Series (Wilson & Lafleur); Co-founder and co-editor in chief of Recht, Religie en Samenleving (Droit, Religion et Société / Law, Religion and Society) (Larcier, Brussels); Consultant to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Canonical Affairs (since November 2008). 

  • Publications

    Major publications in: Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses, Ius Ecclesiae, Revue de droit canonique, Studia Canonica, The Jurist, Recht, Religie en Samenleving, Studies in Church Law

  • Awards

    Young Faculty Research Award, 30 April 2009 (CUA)