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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

  • Daniel Levy

    Upcoming: 2023 Robbins Lecture in Jewish Law, Thought, and Identity

    The Executioner’s Prayer: What Evolutionary Neuroscience and Talmudic Tradition Teach Us About the Roles of Punishment in Society Join the Robbins Collection and the Helen Diller Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies on Thursday, April 20 at the Bancroft Hotel for the 2023 Robbins Lecture in Jewish Law, Thought, and Identity. The event will […]
  • Poster for the Courts and Social Changes conference

    Upcoming Conference, Courts and Social Changes: Comparative Perspectives in Ibero-American and Asian Legal Systems

    The Robbins Collection & Research Center is proud to announce our upcoming conference, Courts and Social Changes: Comparative Perspectives in Ibero-American and Asian Legal Systems. The conference will be held at Berkeley Law on November 4 and 5. With the turn of the third millennium, modern states face new challenges to their democratic traditions. The […]
  • 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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