48 Geo. Wash. Int'l L. Rev. 315 (2015-2016)
The Reporting Cycle to the United Nations Human Rights Treaty Bodies: Creating a Dialogue between the State and Civil Society - The Israeli Case Study

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        THE REPORTING CYCLE TO THE UNITED NATIONS
             HUMAN RIGHTS TREATY BODIES: CREATING A
                DIALOGUE BETWEEN THE STATE AND CIVIL
                         SOCIETY - THE ISRAELI CASE STUDY

                                                    AYELET LEVIN*


                          INTRODUCTION
  The reporting process to the United Nations Human Rights
Treaty Bodies and the implementation of their concluding obser-
vations represents a major mechanism in international human
rights law, aimed at the promotion and implementation of the
human rights conventions by the state parties. States and civil soci-
ety around the world have different perspectives and views on their
respective roles in the reporting and implementation process, and
on the possibility of working in cooperation towards promoting
human rights in their country. This Article explores the reporting
process to the Human Rights Treaty Bodies, the roles played by
states and civil society in the process, and the dialogue between
them. As a case study, this Article focuses on the Israeli reporting
process to the Treaty Bodies and the role of the state and domestic
civil society in it. The findings are based, inter alia, on the Author's
experience working in the Israeli Ministry of Justice and her
involvement in the Israeli reporting process, and are also based on
interviews that the Author conducted for the purpose of this Arti-
cle with Israeli scholars (former and current members of the UN
Human Rights Committee), former and current government offi-
cials, and domestic NGO' representatives.
  Part I begins with an exploration of the reporting process to the
Treaty Bodies and the roles played by states and civil society in this

    * LL.B. 2006, University of Haifa, Faculty of Law; LL.M. 2008, Harlan Fiske Stone
Scholar, Columbia University Law School. Currently an Advocate in the Office of the Dep-
uty Attorney General (International Law) at the Israeli Ministry ofJustice. This Article was
written in the framework of the program for Social Justice Research Scholars in the
Buchmann Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University moderated by Professor Neta Ziv and Dr.
Shiri Regev-Messalem. The author would like to thank Professor Aeyal Gross for his help
and supervision during the writing of this Article, the Minerva Center for Human Rights at
the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Faculty of Law, and all the interviewees who were
willing to share their personal insights and experiences. This Article represents the per-
sonal views of the author only and not the views of the government of Israel.

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