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

  • Jessie Sherwood, Robbins Collection Associate Librarian

    Jessie Sherwood has joined the Robbins Collection as the Associate Librarian, where she will oversee the complex copy cataloging of the Robbins Collections holdings. She will also update our online resources for manuscript research and contribute to research projects, exhibitions, and trainings. Previously, Jessie was the Manuscript Cataloger at the Robbins Collection, where she processed […]
  • Judicial Independence and Accountability in Latin America Response Papers

    In 2017, Pablo Echeverri, Assistant Professor of Law at Duquesne University School of Law, and Laurent Mayali co-hosted a symposium a the Robbins Collection, “Judicial Independence and Accountability in Latin America.” Participants in the conference were asked to write response papers, which we are publishing here as a collection of essays. The essays begin with an […]
  • Lecture: Discretionary Referendums in Constitutional Amendment

    On March 14, Professor Richard Albert, the William Stamps Farish Professor of Law at the University of Texas at Austin, spoke on comparative referendums. His event, “Discretionary Referendums in Constitutional Amendment: A Comparative Perspective,” was hosted by the Robbins Collection. The timing for Professor Albert’s talk was fortuitous, as the U.K. Parliament was in the […]