From State Comptroller to National Human Rights Institution – A Short But Necessary Path

Israel Yearbook on Human Rights 161 (2018)

Bar Ilan University Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 19-08

28 Pages Posted: 2 Jan 2019

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Elie Mersel

Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Hadassah - Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Matan Gutman

Bar-Ilan University, Faculty of Law

Alon Rodas

College of Management Academic Studies

Date Written: October 19, 2018

Abstract

Until now, the standard view has been that Israel does not have an National Human Rights Institution. This paper describes two main trends that affect the connection between supreme audit institutions (“SAIs”) and ombudsman offices and NHRIs. The first is the development of NHRIs; the second is the transformation of classical SAIs and ombudsman offices into institutions that also handle the protection of human rights.

We provide support for our claim that the State Comptroller is the proper entity to serve as the Israeli NHRI and that in essence, he has moved to assume this position. We will answer the question of whether it is appropriate for the State Comptroller to take on this function, and whether he has the authority to do so.

Keywords: State Comptroller, National Human Rights Institution, Human Rights, Israel, SAI, Audit

Suggested Citation

Mersel, Elie and Gutman, Matan and Rodas, Alon, From State Comptroller to National Human Rights Institution – A Short But Necessary Path (October 19, 2018). Israel Yearbook on Human Rights 161 (2018), Bar Ilan University Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 19-08, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3269725

Elie Mersel

Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Hadassah - Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine ( email )

P.O.B. 12000
Jerusalem, 91120
Israel

Matan Gutman

Bar-Ilan University, Faculty of Law ( email )

Ramat Gan
Israel

Alon Rodas (Contact Author)

College of Management Academic Studies ( email )

Elie Wiesel St 2
Rishon LeTsiyon
Israel

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