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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

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    Interview: Away Field Placement Program, Spring 2022

    Berkeley Law’s Away Field Placement Program grants J.D. students academic credit for legal work performed for a non-profit or government agency outside the Bay Area. The Robbins Collection provides financial support for students working in a country, region, or city outside the U.S. that is characterized by civil or religious law traditions and institutions. In Spring 22022 […]
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    Robbins Collection Co-hosts “Gendered Islamophobia” Event

    The Robbins Collection and Research Center and the Henderson Center for Social Justice co-hosted “Gendered Islamophobia: Exploring and Uprooting an Imperial Narrative’’ organized by the Berkeley Law Muslim Student Association (BLMSA) on Tuesday, March 8, 2022. The symposium featured Professor Khaled Beydoun of Wayne State University Law School and Professor Nura Sediqe of Princeton University’s […]
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    Amanda Beckenstein Mbuvi Presents 2022 Robbins Collection Lecture in Jewish Law

    Amanda Beckenstein Mbuvi, the Vice President for Academic Affairs at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College presented this year’s Robbins Collection Lecture in Jewish Law, Thought, and Identity. Her lecture, “Reimagining Diversity and Jewish Belonging: A Journey Through Genesis,” explored how, in the U.S. context, the dominant conception of Jewish identity does not fully reckon with the […]