The ICLN Academy is the permanent leadership education and formation program of the International Catholic Legislators Network, offering courses specifically designed for political, civic and church leaders, helping them to better prepare for and navigate their challenging duties in public office. The courses are however open to all those interested. All courses are taught in English. We offer our courses as listed below in two settings:

  1. Online through interactive video live stream, allowing participants to attend live or watch the recording later
  2. Onsite – please contact us if you wish one or more of our courses to be taught in your country

Courses are exclusively taught by academic experts with extensive knowledge of and practical experience in the fields discussed. The unique feature of the ICLN bringing together legislators and church leaders from around the world joining together, not because of their political allegiance but because of their faith in Christ, allows for these courses to be particularly enriching and lasting in impact for those participating. You may also consult and subscribe to the ICLN YouTube Channel, which is an important resource for relevant formational content and will be used as part of the Academy offerings.

Each completed course counts towards the official ICLN Academy “Certificate in Public Leadership Studies,” which requires the completion of a core curriculum of 12 courses online or onsite over a period of two years in a career-accompanying setup.

Course offerings:

Understanding Human Dignity and Applying Human Rights
This course provides participants with an insight into the genesis, practical application and consequences of the human dignity paradigm as the basis for universal (international) human rights, through analyzing the main post-War schools of thought and related historical developments that have shaped our notion of human rights today. The key international human rights instruments such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and various other United Nations’ and regional treaties will be discussed in detail. The course will also study in detail modern fallacies in the human rights debate. The course aims to give especially those working in and for public office a better grasp of the human rights landscape and help them navigate it’s oftentimes treacherous waters. This course starts on 15 April 2021. More details and registration here.

The Origins of Totalitarianism and its Revival Today
If we think that we have left totalitarianism behind in the 20th Century and that we are now in the 21st Century progressing unimpeded towards a new era of democracy, human rights and the rule of law, we are blind to reality. In spite of remarkable advances in this area, we also see a worrying and steady rise in totalitarian regimes, movements and ideologies around the world. This course will explore how both soft and hard totalitarian movements are brought about and function, whilst also studying what history can teach us about bringing them to an end. This course starts on 14 April 2021. More details and registration here.

The History and Reality of Political Islam
The ongoing dialogue between Christianity and Islam is much spoken about today, especially where it regards the way in which individual countries and regions deal with mass immigration of people from the Middle East and parts of Africa that adhere to the Mohammedan faith, and their integration into democratic and pluralistic societies. Countries around the world also continue to grapple with the threat of Islamic terrorism that is both home-grown and imported. The public statements by political and church leaders surrounding these challenging issues are often hampered by a lack of understanding about the reality of Islam. This course seeks to provide a factual and unbiased insight into its history, practices and way of thinking by a scholar who was born and raised in the Middle East, whilst now living in Europe, and who studied and experienced the relevant texts and traditions from his youth onwards. This course starts on 20 April 2021. More details and registration here.

Christian Leadership in Public office I
This course for (aspiring) legislators and others in public office – including policy experts, civic and church leaders – seeks to provide timeless insights and enduring wisdom needed to be a Christ-like leader in the execution of one’s daily duties and responsibilities, always aiming at justice and the advancement of the common good. Christian leadership for those holding high office is above all a fundamental way of life, consistently lived and carefully guarded, bringing lasting unity to the spheres of faith, family and public duty. A sample can be seen here. The next dates for this course will be published in due course.

Christian Leadership in Public office II
This course looks at the essential role of Christians in politics and government and is the sequel to the groundbreaking “Christian Leadership in Public Office I” Academy course that was first taught in July and August 2020. This second course will go into further depth by discussing how three of history’s greatest Christian statesmen actively lived the Gospel virtues of Matthew 5: 3-12 and as a result changed the world. They served effectively in positions of high office with formidable power and influence. A sample can be seen here. The next dates for this course will be published in due course.

Principles of Law and Justice
This introductory course investigates what are the unchangeable core principles of justice and the law in light of the Greco-Roman and Judeo-Christian philosophical, theological and legal traditions. The great masters of then have concrete answers for the problems and challenges of public policy and law making today. A sample can be seen here. The next dates for this course will be published in due course.

Catholic Social Teaching for Political Leaders
The course offers elected and appointed officials in government and others working in the field of public policy an insight into the Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church and its practicability for secular societies today. The fundamental task of every public official is to serve the cause of justice and peace and especially to do everything possible to strengthen, uphold and defend the dignity of every human being, directly expressed in promoting actively the fundamental rights pertaining to life, liberty and the family. A sample can be seen here. The next dates for this course will be published in due course.

Further Academy courses offered in 2021:

  • Holy Scripture and Public Office
  • General Ethics for Political Leaders
  • Fundamental concepts of Religious and Conscience Freedom
  • The Purpose of Education and the Role of the State
  • President’s Leadership Retreat

Some of our past courses are now available for free as podcast from the ICLN Academy Podcast Channel and also available on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Amazon and Spotify. 

For more detailed information such as course dates, additional course offerings and registration, contact: office(at)

The ICLN also offers individual mentoring programs for leaders that wish to deepen their understanding of what it means to be a Christian leader in public office. More information can be found here