Jane F. Adolphe

Associate Professor (In Rome)


Curriculum Vitae


  • J.C.D., Canon Law, 2001, Pontificia Università della Santa Croce, Rome, Italy
  • J.C.L., Canon Law, 1997, Pontificia Università della Santa Croce, Rome, Italy
  • LL.B/B.C.L, 1990, Common Law & Civil law degrees, University of McGill, Montreal, Canada
  • B.A, 1985, Political Science major, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta

 Areas of Expertise

  • Professor Adolphe has taught Canon Law, Criminal Law, Family Law, International Family Law, International Human Rights, International Law, and International Law and the Holy See.
  • Presentations

Ms. Jane Adolphe, on behalf of Archbishop Francis Chullikatt, Permanent Observer for the Holy See to the United Nations in New York, delivers the statement of the Holy See at the 2011 High Level Meeting on AIDS General Assembly, United Nations (New York, 8-10 June 2011) 


Ms. Jane Adolphe, on behalf of Archbishop Francis Chullikatt, Permanent Observer for the Holy See to the United Nations in New York, makes a point of order following the adoption of the Political Declaration at the 2011 High Level Meeting on AIDS General Assembly, United Nations (New York, 8-10 June 2011)

Professional Experience

Professor Adolphe began her legal career clerking for the Alberta Court of Appeal and Court of Queen’s Bench. After practicing with the Law Firm of Bennett Jones Verchere, she served as a prosecutor with the Alberta Crown Prosecutor’s Office. She then worked as a legal consultant with the law firm of Capua, Varrenti e Associati in Rome, Italy. While in Rome from 1998 to 2001, she attended United Nations conferences as a legal consultant for non-government organizations interested in the rights of women, youth, children and the International Criminal Court. From 2003 to 2011, she worked as a human rights consultant to the Holy See, Secretariat of State, Second Section (Relations with States) attending various international conferences and meetings in Rome, New York, Geneva, The Hague, Vienna, Rio de Janeiro and León. Then in 2011 she was invited by the Holy See to work with the Secretariat of State, Second Section, in Vatican City State. Professor Adolphe is currently based in Rome and returns to Ave Maria School of Law in the month of February to either teach an international law lecture series or organize an international conference through the auspices of the International Center for Law, Life, Faith and Family.

Honors and Professional Affiliations

  • Jimmie Condon Scholarship, three time winner, University of Calgary
  • Numerous tournament and conference all-star awards for athletic achievement in basketball, University of Calgary
  • Alberta Provincial Basketball Team
  • All Canadian Basketball Team (1985)
  • City of Calgary Booster Club Award (1985)

Key Works

  • Publications

In summer 2014, ISIS waged a bloody blitz through Iraq’s Nineveh province, crucifying, beheading, raping, torturing, forcibly converting to Islam, and driving out every member of the region’s 2000-year-old Christian community. Christian girls, as young as three, were sold at ISIS sex slave markets in Mosul. Ancient churches were burned and ISIS attacked dozens of Christian towns in Syria. The beheading in 2015 of 21 Egyptian Copts was videotaped by ISIS and became a searing, iconic symbol of this wave of persecution that threatens to eradicate Christianity in the Middle East. Many in the West, even Christians, remain unaware of the scale of this persecution, and even fewer know what can be done about it.

Inspired by Pope Francis’s denunciation of these acts as “genocide,” a group of Catholic legal scholars, writers, and theologians began work on The Persecution and Genocide of Christians in the Middle East. Its case studies focus on persecuted Christians, but its analysis equally applies to the other victims. In the United States, military and diplomatic responses are contemplated and sometimes undertaken. But what about the legal system? Are there things we can or should be trying? That question animates this book as it explores various facets of religious persecution, examining ISIS’s ideology and their relationship to Islam as practiced by most Muslims, as well as exploring the nature of religious freedom. Practical, relevant, and rich in ideas, this book addresses the most crucial religious freedom issue of our day. It is a primer for Christians, students of international human rights, and all concerned about religious persecution.


Gender Wars at the United Nations, 11 AVE MARIA LAW REVIEW 1-31 (2012)

“New Rights” What International Law Actually Says? 10 AVE MARIA LAW REVIEW 149-168 (2012)

The Holy See in Dialogue with the Committee on the Rights of the Child in 1 AVE MARIA INTERNATIONAL LAW JOURNAL 141 – 175 (2012)

New Challenges for Catholic-Inspired NGOs in Light of Caritas in Veritate in THE CATHOLIC SOCIAL SCIENCE REVIEW 16 (2011) 181-193

A Response to Amnesty International’s Abortion Policy in Light of Mulieris Dignitatem, 8 AVE MARIA LAW REVIEW 311(2010)

The Pope’s Peace and Security Council Resolution 1325, 5 AVE MARIA LAW REVIEW 429 (2007) 

Chapter 20: Same Sex Marriage in Canada: The Debate About the Best Interests of Children, in LYNN D. WARDLE, CAMILLE S. WILLIAMS, EDS., FAMILY LAW: BALANCING INTERESTS AND PRIORITIES, (William S. Hein & Co: 2007). 

Chapter 18: The Principles and Canada’s Beyond Conjugality Report: The Move Towards the Abolition of State Marriage Laws in ROBIN FRETWELL WILSON, ED., RECONCEIVING THE FAMILY, (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2006). 

Chapter 10: Holy See and Convention on the Rights of the Child: Moral Problems in Negotiation and Implementation, in H. WATT ED., COOPERATION COMPLICITY, AND CONSCIENCE: MORAL PROBLEMS IN HEALTHCARE, SCIENCE, LAW, AND PUBLIC POLICY (London: Linacre Center, 2005). 

The Case Against Same-Sex Marriage in Canada: Law and Policy Considerations 18 BYU JOURNAL OF PUBLIC LAW 479 (2003)

  • Articles

What the Holy See Has to Say about Violence Against Women and Girls: Commission on the Status of Women, 57th Session, 27 March 2013 in Zenit.org  

What the Pope has to Say about Women and Aids, 14 June 2011, in Zenit.org

       For additional presentations see the curriculum vitae  

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