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Training and Consultation

As part of its function of providing assistance to outside bodies, the Centre has been consulted on a wide range of matters.  

South Africa workshops

South Africa Workshops

In 2006, at the invitation of the Archbishop of Cape Town, and following a successful exploratory workshop there in 2002, three centre members delivered a two-week series of canon law workshops in the Anglican Province of Southern Africa, at Johannesburg, Durban, East London and Cape Town.

UK Workshops

Occasional courses have been run for diocesan registrars in the Church of England (and their clerks), and for the bishops of the Church in Wales. In 2004, Norman Doe and Anthony Jeremy drafted Guidelines for Public Ministry in the Church in Wales.  Norman Doe and Mark Hill have been members of the Legal Advisory Commission of the General Synod of the Church of England

Principles of Anglican Canon Law

At the invitation of George Carey, then Archbishop of Canterbury, Norman Doe delivered a paper to the Primates’ Meeting of the Anglican Communion at Kanuga, North Carolina, USA, in March 2000.  This proposed the existence of an Anglican ius commune induced from the similarities between the legal systems of the forty-four member churches of the Communion. 

The Primates decided to test the hypothesis and a specially convened Anglican Communion Legal Advisers’ Consultation met at Canterbury in March 2002 which agreed that there are principles of canon law common to the churches of the Communion.  The Centre produced a draft of one hundred macro-principles and six hundred micro-principles which was the subject of discussion by a Network drafting group held at Toronto in 2005 and Nassau in 2006 to finalise the draft for submission to the full Network in 2007.

Anglican Covenant

October 2003 saw the appointment by the Archbishop of Canterbury of Norman Doe, and three LLM in Canon Law graduates, to the Lambeth Commission, under the chairmanship of Archbishop Robin Eames.  The commission was set up at request of the Primates’ Meeting to examine implications of consecration as bishop of a practising homosexual in the USA.  The Centre Director wrote a position paper for the commission, and, related to the suggestion for a concordat made by the director to the Primates’ Meeting in 2001, a draft Anglican Covenant was included in the Windsor Report of the Lambeth Commission in 2004; work continues on this. 

Employment Status of Ministers

In 2005, the Norman Doe and Anthony Jeremy joined the Employment Status of Clergy Group in the Church in Wales, and in 2006 Anthony Jeremy led a seminar on the subject at the Governing Body of the Church in Wales. 


In 2004, the Director, Mark Hill, Frank Cranmer, Javier Oliva and Cristiana Cianitto submitted a memorandum on public authorities and religious organisations, published in The Meaning of Public Authority under the Human Rights Act, a report by the parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights.

In 2007, at the request of the Committee on Culture, Science and Education of the Council of Europe, Frank Cranmer gave evidence to the committee on establishment of religion in the United Kingdom, and drafted a narrative section in its Report on State, Religion, Secularity and Human Rights.