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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

  • Cover of the book Current Legal Issues in American and Taiwanese Law, edited by Laurent Mayali and Kaun-Ling Shen

    New Robbins Publication, Current Legal Issues in American and Taiwanese Law, Now Available

    The newest book from the Robbins Collection, Current Legal Issues in American and Taiwanese Law, is now available for purchase. This book marks the culmination of a series of conferences jointly hosted by Berkeley Law and the College of Law, National Taiwan University. The conferences, held over a period of four years, brought together legal […]
  • Photograph of Laura Velázquez Arroyo

    Robbins Fellow Spotlight: Laura Velázquez Arroyo

    The Robbins Collection welcomed Dr. Laura Velázquez Arroyo in October 2022 for her research fellowship. Dr. Velázquez Arroyo is a researcher in Roman Law, Civil Law, and the Law of Antiquity and Philosophy at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in Mexico City. She is also the coordinator of the research areas of Roman law, […]
  • 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 […]
A group photograph of scholars attending a research conference reception
Researcher using a magnifying glass over a medieval manuscript
Photograph of an old book open
Signature of Lloyd M. Robbins
Photograph of people reading a collection of manuscripts and other books