Events & News

Workshop on “Customary Law Today”

The Robbins Collection Center and the Institut des Usages (IDU) have organized a workshop for May 18 and 19 to be held in Montpellier, France, moderated by Professors Laurent Mayali and Pierre Mousseron.

Topics to be discussed include private law, civil procedure, philosophy of law, constitutional law, business law, and international law.

Participants will include faculty members from Berkeley School of Law, the University of Montpellier School of Law, and other academic institutions. 

Visiting Researcher Workshops

The Robbins Collection Center hosts monthly Workshops for Berkeley Law Visiting Researchers throughout the academic year. These Workshops allow participants to present their scholarly research and receive extensive feedback on their work in a small-group setting.

If you are interested in presenting your work or attending a Workshop, please contact Andrea Quinn at

Texts and Contexts in Legal History: Essays in Honor of Charles Donahue

The Robbins Collection Center is pleased to announce that our latest publication, Texts and Contexts in Legal History, will be available beginning January 2017.donahue_cover

Renowned legal historian, Charles Donahue, serves as the inspiration for this volume of essays covering a range of topics of interest to legal historians, legal scholars, and others.

Inspired by Donahue’s insights into the value of understanding both text and context, this volume brings together 26 contributions from leading historians in Europe and North America.

ms_trumpet_crop2Robbins Collection and I-School Collaborative Project

Jordan Shedlock, recent graduate of the I-School’s Master of Information Management and Systems (MIMS) program, has been working on using digital technologies to “improve access to and create excitement around” medieval manuscripts held by the Robbins Collection. 

Shedlock’s goal is to create a web interface that will serve as an online destination for the Robbins Collection and allow users to explore its manuscripts. 

New Research Resources

The Robbins Collection Center will introduce, and continue to add to, a new set of resources for researchers and scholars on our website. These “Resources for Research” will include entries from legal dictionaries and indices, digitized images of Robbins documents and manuscripts, and introductory materials on different legal history topics. 

To see the resources that are currently available, click here:

Resources for Research

Festschrift for Professor R. H. Helmholz

The Robbins Collection Center is pleased to announce the publication of Studies in Canon Law and Common Law in Honor of R. H. Helmholz, edited by Troy L. Harris.