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Lucia Silecchia

Lucia Silecchia, J.D.

Professor of Law; Director International Human Rights Summer Law Program in Rome

Phone: 202-319-5560

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• Papal Teaching on the Environment and Sustainability
• Catholic Social Thought
• Legal Issues Pertaining to the Elderly and Disabled
• Women’s Issues and Catholic Thought
• Catholic Higher Education
• Environmental Law and Policy
• Real Property

School: Columbus School of Law

Media Appearances

  • September 26, 2015

    Silecchia was interviewed (with a Spanish voiceover) by a Venezuelan TV station about how Pope Francis is promoting environmental protection.

  • July 13, 2015

    Catholic News Agency

    On assisted suicide bill: Also, only one of the two witnesses required for the written request of lethal medication is required to be a “disinterested” witness, said Dr. Lucia Silecchia, a law professor at The Catholic University of America testifying in a strictly personal capacity as a D.C. resident. In contrast, she said, “traditionally, wills have required multiple disinterested witnesses.”

  • June 23, 2015

    Catholic News Agency

    On Laudato Si: “A dominant theme in the encyclical is that of interconnectedness – of economic life, political life, social life, moral life, spiritual life, physical environment, and natural environment.”

  • March 8, 2015


    On Pope's expected encyclical on climate change: The Internet is brimming with political, theological and academic analyses of what the pope might say, in large part because of hints he gives about the encyclical's contents. “No one knows right now what the encyclical will say; yet there has already been much commentary on it,” Silecchia said.

  • August 1, 2014

    US Catholic Magazine

    Silecchia was quoted in an article on estate planning.

  • July 9, 2014

    EWTN News Nightly

    Silecchia discusses the topics of Vatican Bank reforms and Catholic media. See minute 15:30.

  • May 9, 2014

    EWTN News Nightly

    Silecchia was interviewed on EWTN News Nightly to discuss Pope Francis' meeting with the UN.

  • April 22, 2014

    EWTN News Nightly

    Silecchia appeard on EWTN News Nightly to discuss environmental ethics.

  • January 9, 2014

    Wall Street Journal

    Law Professor Lucia Silecchia published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on Religious Freedom


Research focus and experience

Silecchia has an extensive list of publications in the areas of in the areas of environmental law and ethics, Catholic social thought, legal education, law and literature, and legal writing. Please visit her faculty page (link above)

Attended a 2007 Vatican conference on the environment

She also directs Catholic University’s new International Human Rights Summer Law Program in Rome (

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