Vision, Law, and Human Rights: Celebrating the Work of Fr. Ladislas Orsy

January 2, 2018 —

WASHINGTON –  Georgetown Law is pleased to announce a one-day conference on the work of our colleague Father Ladislas Orsy on Weds., Jan. 24.


Father Ladislas Orsy, 96, is one of the giants of canon law and theology. His scholarly career spans 60 years, and his writing includes more than a dozen books and hundreds of articles. Originally from Hungary, Orsy entered the Jesuit order in 1943, was ordained as a priest in 1951, served as a bishops' expert advisor at the Vatican II council, and came to the United States in 1966. He holds degrees in law, philosophy and theology and was on the faculty of Pontifical Gregorian University, Fordham University and Catholic University of America before joining the Georgetown Law faculty as visiting professor of law in 1991.  

The conference includes panels on three themes in Fr. Orsy’s writing and teaching: the significance of Vatican II, the nature and interpretation of canon law and of law more generally, and the origins of human rights. A fourth panel will focus on Fr. Orsy as priest, teacher and colleague.


Wednesday, January 24, 2018
10:30 a.m.  –  6:00 p.m.


Georgetown University Law Center
Gewirz Student Center
600 New Jersey Ave., NW
Washington, DC  20001


Introduction (10:30 a.m.)
Dean William Treanor, Georgetown Law

Panel 1: International Human Rights: From Vitoria to the present
(10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
Joseph Capizzi, Associate Professor of Moral Theology, Catholic University of America
Fr. David Hollenbach, Pedro Arrupe Distinguished Research Professor, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service
David Luban, University Professor, Georgetown University Law Center and Department of Philosophy, Georgetown University

Lunch (12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.)

Panel 2: Vatican II: Receiving the Council (1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.)
Catherine Clifford, Professor of Theology, St. Paul University
Massimo Faggioli, Professor of Theology and Religious Studies, Villanova University
Fr. Matthew Carnes, Associate Professor, Department of Government and School of Foreign Service; Director, Center for Latin American Studies, Georgetown University

Panel 3: Canon law and legal interpretation (3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
Fr. James Coriden, Professor of Church Law and Dean Emeritus, Washington Theological Union
Sr. Sharon Euart, R.S.M., Resource Center for Religious Institutes; Executive Coordinator, Canon Law Society of America
Robin West, Frederick J. Haas Professor of Law and Philosophy, Georgetown Law


Panel 4: Father Orsy as teacher, pastor, Jesuit, person (4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.)
Naomi Mezey, Professor of Law, Georgetown Law
Fr. Steve Fields, Associate Professor of Theology, Georgetown University
Don Sheff, Special Assistant Attorney General, State of Michigan

Reception (5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)


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