Université Paris I Panthéon
Primo Levi Fellowship

Research Topic

Cases from the Livorno Court of the Massari: A Plurality of Legal Pluralisms


Evelyne Oliel-Grausz is Associate Professor of early modern history and modern Jewish history at the Université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne. Her research examines mobility and communication in the early modern Jewish world, intercommunal solidarity and conflict, and early modern Jewish legal culture. She has explored Jewish dispute resolution in several legal contexts in the Western Sephardi diaspora, and she is currently completing a book on Jewish disputes in Livorno.

Oliel-Grausz received her PhD from Sorbonne Université Paris 1 Panthéon. She has previously been a fellow at the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies and at the Katz Center.

Selected publications

  • transl. J. Angell, Between Jew and Jew? Jurisdictions  and  Uses of Justice in 18th Century Livorno (Brill, forthcoming)
  • “Dispute Resolution and Kahal Kadosh Talmud Torah: Community Forum and Legal Acculturation in 18th Century Amsterdam,” in Religious Changes and Cultural Transformations in the Early Modern Sephardic Communities, ed. Yosef Kaplan (Brill, 2019)



Focusing on the broad contexts in which Jewish (and Israelite) law was developed by and for Jews, and in which it operated, treating law as a necessary component for understanding the broader dynamics of culture, history, governance, and economics of each place and period. 


Working to expose the shifting linkages between commerce and culture in Jewish life from medieval to modern times.