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.
The International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT) is an independent intergovernmental Organisation with its seat in the Villa Aldobrandini in Rome. Its purpose is to study needs and methods for modernising, harmonising and co-ordinating private and in particular commercial law as between States and groups of States and to formulate uniform law instruments, principles and rules to achieve those objectives.