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Teaching Personnel

Asselin, Anne   Asselin, Anne
Associate Professor
Program: Master’s in Canon Law, Licentiate in Canon Law
Office : GIG 369
Phone: 613-236-1393, ext.: 4035

Research Activities:

The role of laity in the Church; Organization of Particular Churches; Matrimonial Law; Procedural Law; Jurisprudence


Ph.D., Canon Law, University of Ottawa, 2003
J.C.D., Canon Law, Saint Paul University, 2003
M.C.L., Canon Law, University of Ottawa, 1996
J.C.L., Canon Law, Saint Paul University, 1996

Courses taught:

Laity and Power of Governance in the Church, Matrimonial Law, Canonical Methodology, Ecclesiastical Administration, Organization of Particular Churches, Seminar on Chancery Practice, Seminar on Tribunal Practice.


Les laïcs au service de leur Église : le point actuel du droit, Ottawa, Faculty of Canon Law, Saint Paul University, 2008, xiv, 270 p.

Chapters in books:

“Ecumenism,” in ASSEMBLY OF QUEBEC CATHOLIC BISHOPS, Canonical and Pastoral Guide for Parishes, Montréal, Wilson & Lafleur ltée, 2005, pp. 157-166.


“Questions choisies sur la procédure de nullité de mariage en première instance: à la recherche de la vérité et de la justice,” in J. Kowal e J. Llobell (eds.), Iustitia et iudicium: Studi di diritto matrimoniale e processuale canonica in onore di Antoni Stankiewicz, Libreria editrice vaticana, Città del Vaticano, 2010, pp. 1773-1793.

“Consultation in the Parish: A Needless Burden, a Necessary Evil, or a Worthwhile Opportunity?,” in V.G. D’SOUZA (ed.), In the Service of Truth and Justice: Festchrift in Honour of Prof. Augustine Mendonça, Professor Emeritus, Centre of Canon Law Studies, Bangalore, India, 2008, pp. 109-138.

“Lay Ecclesial Ministers in the Present Parish Structure and Some Suggestions for the Future,” in Forum: A Review of Canon Law and Jurisprudence, Malta Ecclesiastical Tribunal, 17 (2006), pp. 133-149.

“The Laity: Their Service in the Church Twenty Years after the Code,” in Forum: A Review of Canon Law and Jurisprudence, Malta Ecclesiastical Tribunal, 16 (2005), pp. 436-458.

“Lay Ecclesial Ministers and Their Removal from Office: Seeking Justice and Fairness,” 22 March 2012, Ninth annual James H. Provost Memorial Lecture, School of Canon Law, The Catholic University of Washington (accepted for publication in The Jurist, 2013).