Michal Cotler-Wunsh has been accepted as a PhD candidate in the Human Rights under Pressure - Ethics, Law and Politics program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Freie Universität of Berlin, an international interdisciplinary doctoral study and research program, beginning fall 2016. Her proposed field of research is in the areas of freedom of speech; civil liberties; democratic theories; multiculturalism; and constitutional law.
Michal completed her studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and received her LL.B. in 1996. She worked as an attorney in the public sector, including at the Israeli Ministry of Justice, as well as in private practice. She received her Master of Laws from McGill University in 2006, with a thesis entitled, Power Imbalances in Divorce Mediation: Family, Feminism and Foucault. While in Canada, Cotler-Wunsh dedicated her time to the fields of mediation and education, and was actively engaged in leadership roles in various organizations. As director of higher education in the ICCRM (International Center for Conflict Resolution and Mediation), Michal initiated, developed and taught a masters level course at McGill University.
Following her return to Israel, Michal directed the Public Interest Law Program at Tel Aviv University until joining IDC Herzliya in 2013, where she currently serves as director of international external relations and as the commissioner for the prevention of sexual harassment. Her writing is published in various print and digital platforms. She is an active board member of Tzav Pius.