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

  • Jennifer Nelson Receives ACRL Grant

    Jennifer Nelson, reference librarian for the Robbins Collection, has won the prestigious Association of College and Research Libraries European Studies Section De Gruyter European Librarianship Study Grant for 2019. Her winning project, “lucundum mihi est reperiri typographum: A Case Study of an Early Modern Publishing Success Story,” is an archival study of the letters by […]
  • Discretionary Referendums in Constitutional Amendment: A Comparative Perspective

    The Robbins Collection is pleased to host Professor Richard Albert, William Stamps Farish Professor of Law at the University of Texas at Austin to Berkeley Law, for his talk, “Discretionary Referendums in Constitutional Amendment: A Comparative Perspective.” Professor Albert focuses his research on constitutional amendment from comparative, doctrinal, historical and theoretical perspectives. The talk will be in R230 in […]
  • The 2019 Robbins Collection Lecture on Canon Law

    In 2013, Dr. Jennifer Haselberger made national news when she publicly resigned as the top canon lawyer for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis and exposed their mishandling of sexual abuse. On February 25, 2019, Dr. Haselberger gave the 2019 Robbins Collection Lecture on Canon Law, “How the Church Can Overcome the Sexual Abuse […]