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

  • From Sinai to Ethiopia, and Back to Israel

    Marking the ten-year anniversary of collaboration between the Robbins Collection and the Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies, the 2020 Robbins Collection Annual Lecture on Jewish Thought was given by Professor Rabbi Sharon Shalom. Don Seeman, an Anthropologist from Emory University, and Rabbi Shalom discussed the history, customs, and laws of Ethiopian Jews, the […]
  • POSTPONED: 60 Years of Chinese Legal Reform: A Berkeley Perspective

        Due to travel concerns because of the coronavirus situation, this event is being postponed. We will communicate a new date and other updates as soon as logistics have been finalized. Thanks   The Robbins Collection is co-hosting an upcoming symposium, “60 Years of Chinese Legal Reform: A Berkeley Perspective,” with the Berkeley Center […]
  • New Volume in Collected Works of David Daube, Roman Law and Language, Now Available

    Roman Law and Language, the long-awaited sixth volume in the Collected Works of David Daube series, is now available for purchase. Previous volumes gathered Daube’s writings on Talmudic law, Biblical law and literature, ethics, and New Testament Judaism. This new volume includes  some of his work on language in Roman law. Calum Carmichael, co-editor of […]

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