Cochav Elkayam-Levy joined the Penn Law S.J.D. program in 2014. Prior to commencing her doctoral studies, she graduated with distinction from the Penn Law LL.M program, where she joined as a Human Rights Scholar, and was the recipient of several exemplary awards. Cochav also holds a joint LL.B degree in Law and Political Science from Bar-Ilan University (Magna cum Laude).
As a result of her work for the rights of unaccompanied minors and undocumented migrants, Cochav was awarded the Toll Public Interest Center’s 2013 Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Leadership, the Exemplary Pro Bono Service Award and the LLM Public Service Award. In 2012, Cochav was awarded the Philadelphia Bar Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Human Rights.
Previously, Elkayam-Levy served as a legal counsel for the Human Rights Division in the International Agreements and Litigation Department of the Israeli Ministry of Justice. It that capacity, she was responsible to consult on and promote human rights issues at the State level. Cochav also served as an associate with the Supreme Court Department of the Israeli Attorney General’s Office and worked as an associate at a Tel Aviv law firm.
A Penn Law Rule of Law and Human Rights Fellow (2013-14’) and a Leboy-Davies Fellow in Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies (2015), her areas of expertise include international human rights law, domestic implementation of international law and gender equality issues. Her recent articles were published by the Harvard International Law Journal online edition and by the University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law.
International Human Rights Law
Women’s Human Rights and Gender Equality
Domestic implementation of international law
Trafficking in Persons
- Women’s Rights and Religion–The Missing Element in the Jurisprudence of the European Court of Human RIghts, University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law. Recommended citation: 35 J. Int’l L. 1175 (2014). See at: http://scholarship.law.upenn.edu/jil/vol35/iss4/11
- Facing the Human Rights Challenge of Prisoners’ Hunger Strikes at the Domestic Level: Guidance for Policy Makers in the Management of Prisoners’ Hunger Strikes, Harvard International Law Journal online edition available at: http://www.harvardilj.org/2015/09/facing-the-human-rights-challenge-of-prisoners-and-detainees-hunger-strikes-at-the-domestic-level/ (2015)
- Failing to Face the Gender Challenge – note on the European Court of Human Rights Jurisprudence, IntLawGrrls - voices on international law, policy, practice, (April 15, 2015) available at: http://ilg2.org/2015/04/15/failing-to-face-the-gender-challenge-note-on-the-european-court-of-human-rights-jurisprudence/
- Invisible Women: International Law Jurisprudence, Gender Equality and Freedom of Religion - Towards a Substantive Reform (dissertation project, work in progress)
- Leboy-Davies Award in Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies, the Alice Paul Center for Research on Gender, Sexuality & Women (2015-16)
- Lloyd N. Cutler Fellow, Salzburg Cutler Fellows Program, Washington DC (2015)
- S.J.D Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania Law School (2014-16)
- University of Pennsylvania Law School Rule of Law and Human Rights Fellowship (2013-2014)
- Recipient of Penn Law Toll Public Interest Center’s distinctions: TPIC Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Leadership, Exemplary Pro Bono Service Award and the LLM Public Service Award (2013)
- Philadelphia Bar Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Human Rights (2012)
- University of Pennsylvania Law School Human Rights Scholarship Award (2012-2013)
- Bar-Ilan University Law School Award for Master’s Degree Programs (2012)
- Bar-Ilan University Law School Dean’s Honors (2008)