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

  • Upcoming Robbins Collection Annual Lecture: From Sinai to Ethiopia, and Back to Israel

    Join us for this year’s Robbin’s Collection Annual Lecture in Jewish Law, Thought and Identity on Tuesday, February 4, from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Rabbi Shalom delves into the history, customs, and law of the Beta Israel, codifying the ancient cultural heritage of Ethiopian Jewry for the first time and contrasting it with Orthodox rabbinic law. […]
  • 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 […]
  • Symposium Explores Legacy of Judge John T. Noonan

    At a time when stark lines are drawn around political and moral questions, the scholarship and judicial opinions of the late Judge John T. Noonan Jr. defy categorization. An enlightened reader of our legal traditions’ fundamental texts, Judge Noonan could not understand why scholars might ask abstractly, “What is Law? How can that question be […]