In 1987 Professor Gino Gorla, formerly Professor of Comparative Law at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, donated to the UNIDROIT Library his collection of antique books which served as a support to his research on case law in Europe from the 17th to the early part of the 19th Century.

This collection of over 550 titles comprising about 900 volumes is composed of treatises, commentaries, collections of decisiones, resolutiones, consilia, responsa, allegationes and controversiae forenses, as well as a number of books dealing specifically with commercial law and maritime law.

The collection, catalogued by Ms Paula Howarth of the UNIDROIT Secretariat, has been conserved as a whole and is presently shelved in its own room in the UNIDROIT Library.