Professor José Brunner holds a joint appointment at the Buchmann Faculty of Law and the Cohn Institute. At the Faculty of Humanities he also chairs the Eva & Marc Besen Institute for the Study of Historical Consciousness, where he edits the journal History & Memory. In addition, he heads the Interdisciplinary Study Program for Law and the Humanities, which he founded in 2010, and he was Director of the Minerva Institute for German History, where he edited the Tel Aviv Yearbook for German History from 2007 to 2014. At the Law Faculty he co-established Israel’s first Legal Clinic for the Rights of Holocaust Survivors in 2011, and he is Senior Faculty Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics.
Brunner published (on his own or together with co-authors/editors) more than 80 scientific publications (including 2 monographs and 14 edited volumes), which appeared in English, German, Hebrew, Spanish, Greek and Japanese. His main areas of research and publication include the relationship between law, memory and identity, the right to the truth, the history of compensation for Holocaust survivors in Germany and Israel, the history and politics of psychoanalysis, the politics of the mental health discourse on trauma, psychological theories of Nazism and genocide, and diverse topics in modern and contemporary political thought.