Simon Dubnow Institute
for Jewish History and Culture at Leipzig University


In the Research Unit »Law«, examination focuses on the forms of Jewish discussion and debate regarding law and normativity, equality and participation, citizenship and the creation of systems of protection in the nineteenth and twentieth century, as well as the restitution of property and material and financial assets. This is a dynamic sphere that reaches down into the immediate present. The transformations of pre-modern Jewish conceptions of law and their repercussions within the modern principles of diplomacy and international law are focal points of inquiry, as well as various concepts and understandings of the concept of law and its traditions. With the aid of a range of different approaches and questions, inquiry in this department seeks to map anew the field of Jewish emancipation history, its shifts, upheavals and restructurings in modernity.


Head: Dr. Elisabeth Gallas

Deputy Head: Dr. Philipp Graf