Anna di Robilant

Associate Dean for Equity, Justice, & Engagement

Professor of Law

LLB, University of Torino School of Law
LLM, Harvard Law School
PhD, University of Trento (Italy)
SJD, Harvard Law School

Areas of Interest
Comparative Law, Legal History, Property Law

Professor Anna di Robilant is a property law scholar trained in both Europe and the United States. She writes and teaches in the areas of property law, property theory, legal history, and comparative law. Professor di Robilant has published extensively in both peer-reviewed and student-edited journals, including the Vanderbilt Law Review, the American Journal of Comparative Law, the Boston University Law Review, the Hastings Law Journal and the McGill Law Journal. Professor di Robilant’s book, The Making of Modern Property. Reinventing Roman Law in Bourgeois Europe and its Periphery will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2021. Professor di Robilant is the chair of the property section of the “Common Core of European Private Law,” a project that brings together more than 200 legal scholars and practitioners to analyze and map the connections and underlying similarities in contract, property, and torts laws across Europe. Professor di Robilant received her JD from the University of Torino, Italy; her PhD in Comparative Private Law from the University of Trento, Italy, and her LLM and SJD from Harvard Law School.

Professor di Robilant’s scholarly papers are available on her SSRN page.

  1. Anna di Robilant, The Making of Modern Property. Reinventing Roman Law in Nineteenth Century Europe and its Periphery, Cambridge University Press (forthcoming).
  2. Anna di Robilant & Talha Syed, "The Fundamental Building Blocks of Social Relations Regarding Resources: Hohfeld in Europe and Beyond," in The Legacy of Wesley Hohfeld , Shyam Balganesh, Ted Sichelman & Henry Smith, eds., Cambridge University Press (2019). Scholarly Commons
  3. Anna di Robilant, "Populist Property Law," 49 Connecticut Law Review 933 (2017).
    SSRN | Scholarly Commons
  4. Anna di Robilant, "Big Questions Comparative Law," in Symposium on Ran Hirschl's Comparative Matters: The Renaissance of Comparative Constitutional Law, 96 Boston University Law Review 1325 (2016).
    Publisher | HeinOnline (BU) | HeinOnline
  5. Anna di Robilant, "A Research Agenda for the History of Property Law in Europe, Inspired by and Dedicated to Marc Poirier," 47 Seton Hall Law Review 751 (2016).
  6. Texts and Contexts in Legal History: Essays in Honor of Charles Donahue, Anna di Robilant, John Witte & Sara McDougall, eds., Robbins Collection at the University of California at Berkeley (2016).
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  7. Anna di Robilant, "Property and Deliberation: A New Type of Common Ownership," in Protecting Future Generations Through the Commons 61, Council of Europe Publishing (2014). Publisher
  8. Anna di Robilant, "Property and Democratic Deliberation: The Numerus Clausus Principle and Democratic Experimentalism in Property Law," 62 American Journal of Comparative Law 367 (2014).
    SSRN | HeinOnline (BU) | HeinOnline | Scholarly Commons
  9. Anna di Robilant, "Property: A Bundle of Sticks or a Tree?" 66 Vanderbilt Law Review 869 (2013).
    SSRN | HeinOnline (BU) | HeinOnline | Scholarly Commons
  10. Anna di Robilant, "Common Ownership and Equality of Autonomy," 58 McGill Law Journal 263 (2012).
    SSRN | HeinOnline (BU) | HeinOnline | Scholarly Commons
  11. Anna di Robilant, "The Virtues of Common Ownership," in Symposium Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do: A Public Lecture and Symposium on Michael J. Sandel's Recent Book: Panelist Papers, 91 Boston University Law Review 1359 (2011).
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  12. Anna di Robilant, "Abuse of Rights: The Continental Drug and the Common Law," 61 Hastings Law Journal 687 (2010).
    SSRN | HeinOnline (BU) | HeinOnline | Scholarly Commons
  13. Antologia sul Femminismo Giuridico Statunitense, Anna di Robilant, Anna di Robilant, B. G Tedeschi & Fernanda Nicola, eds., Carocci (2008).
  14. Anna di Robilant, "Genealogies of Soft Law," 54 American Journal of Comparative Law 499 (2006).
    Westlaw | HeinOnline (BU) | HeinOnline
  15. Anna di Robilant & Fernanda Nicola, "Il Liberalismo alle prese con Identita e Redistribuzione. Le Critiche della Sinistra Americana al Rights Discourse," Rivista Critica del Diritto Privato (2004).
  16. Anna di Robilant, "Scuole e Movimenti Post Realisti negli Stati Uniti d'America," in Novissimo Digesto: Appendice , UTET, Torino (2004).
  17. Anna di Robilant & Ugo Mattei, "The Art and Science of Critical Scholarship: Postmodernism and International Style in the Legal Architecture of Europe," 75 Tulane Law Review 1053 (2001).
    Westlaw | HeinOnline (BU) | HeinOnline
  18. Anna di Robilant, "Non Soltanto Parole. In Margine ad Alcuni Itinerari di 'Law and Art’," 3 Materiali per una Storia della Cultura Giuridica (2001).
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