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

  • The Robbins Collection 2019 Digest

    Read about our recent and future events, research, Robbins Fellows, and more in the Robbins Collection 2019 Digest. Our annual Digest provides broad overviews of our work as well as some in-depth coverage of the Robbins Collection and our affiliated scholars. If you would like to submit information to be shared in the next annual […]
  • ACRL Member of the Week: Jennifer K. Nelson

    This interview is being reprinted with the permission of ARCL Insider. Jennifer K. Nelson is a reference librarian at The Robbins Collection, University of California Berkeley School of Law . Jennifer has been a member of ACRL for 14 years and is your ACRL member of the week for June 17, 2019. Describe yourself in […]
  • New and Returning Robbins Fellows

    The Robbins Collection has three returning Fellows joining us in the summer and fall of 2019. Senior Fellow, Dr. David Johnston, will continue the research he began in spring 2019. Dr. Agnès Desmazières will also be returning to continue her research on the Catholic Church and canon law. To read more about Dr. Desmazières’s research […]