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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

  • Photograph of David De Concilio working on his laptop at a desk, with books lined up in front of him

    Robbins Fellow Spotlight: David De Concilio

    Among the innumerable disruptions of recent years the COVID-19 pandemic upended David De Concilio’s initial plan to use his Robbins Collection Fellowship to complete his thesis. Instead, De Concilio was awarded his joint PhD through the University of St. Andrews, Scotland and the Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Italy before his visit to UC Berkeley. […]
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    The Statutes of Bologna’s Law School Exhibition Now Available

    Our new exhibition, The Statutes of the University of Bologna, is now available online. It is based on a translation of the statutes by Robbins Collection Senior Reference Librarian Jennifer K. Nelson, as well as on material included in our earlier exhibition, The Medieval Law School. The Robbins Collection houses the Statuta universitatis bononiensis (Robbins […]
  • Dimitris Stamatopoulos reading the Hexabiblos

    Robbins Fellow Spotlight: Dimitris Stamatopoulos

    Senior Robbins Research Fellow Dimitris Stamatopoulos arrived at Berkeley Law in April 2022  to begin his fellowship. Stamatopoulos is a Professor of Balkan and Late Ottoman History at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, Greece. He will focus his time at the Robbins Collection on his monograph elucidating the powerful position of national Orthodox Churches […]
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