The Robbins Collection sponsors comparative research and study in the fields of religious and civil law by organizing workshops, conferences, lectures, and fellowships on a range of topics related to religious and civil law traditions.


The Robbins Collection holds over 300 rare manuscripts that date as far back as the 12th century. The Collection is comprised of over 300,000 holdings, including books, incunabula, microfilm, and periodicals related to religious and civil law. 


The Robbins Collection publishes scholarly books as part of our “Studies in Comparative Legal Research” series. Research that is pertinent to Robbins Collection workshops, fellowships, and conferences are published on our website. 

News from the Robbins Collection

  • Symposium Explores Legacy of Judge John T. Noonan

    At a time when stark lines are drawn around political and moral questions, the scholarship and judicial opinions of the late Judge John T. Noonan Jr. defy categorization. An enlightened reader of our legal traditions’ fundamental texts, Judge Noonan could not understand why scholars might ask abstractly, “What is Law? How can that question be […]
  • Judge and Scholar: Perspectives on the Intellectual Legacy of John T. Noonan

    Judge John Noonan’s commitment to justice and the rule of law shaped his life as a judge and a legal scholar. His scholarship and judicial decisions span more than six decades and cover an amazing range of ethical and legal issues that defined in his view the Western legal tradition.  This event will bring together judges, […]
  • Interviews: Away Field Placement Program, Spring 2019

    Berkeley Law’s Away Field Placement Program grants J.D. students academic credit for legal work performed for a non-profit or government agency outside the Bay Area. The Robbins Collection provides financial support for students working in a country, region, or city outside the U.S. that is characterized by civil or religious law traditions and institutions. In Spring […]