Deborah Housen-Couriel

Deborah Housen-Couriel


Deb teaches international and Israeli cyber law at the HUJI Law Faculty and the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center, and has taught at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Exec Ed Program on Cybersecurity. She was a member of the group of experts that drafted the Tallinn 2.0 Manual on state activity in cyberspace and of the ILA’s Study Group on Cybersecurity, Terrorism and International Law. In her current work at the international level she is Co-Chair of the International Law and Technology Interest Group of the American Society of International Law, Chair of Working Group D of the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise, and a core expert on the Manual on International Law Applicable to Military Uses of Outer Space (MILAMOS) project. In 2010-2011 Deb co-chaired the National Cyber Initiative’s Policy and Regulation Committee, under the aegis of the Prime Minister’s Office; and in 2013-2014 she served as a member of Israel’s National Cyber Bureau’s Public Committee on the Cyber Professions. Deb received her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College and the Ecole de Sciences Politiques (summa cum laude); her LL.B. and LL.M (cum laude) from HUJI; and an MC-MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government as a Wexner Foundation Fellow.  She is currently Chief Legal Officer and VP Regulation of the Israeli cybersecurity firm Konfidas.

Recent research:

  •  (with Yuval Shany and Tal Mimran), Israel’s Version of Moving Fast and Breaking Things: The New Cybersecurity Bill, Lawfare, May 7, 2021.

  • Information Sharing as a Critical Best Practice for the Sustainability of Cyber Peace, in Shackelford et al, Cyber Peace: Charting a Path Toward a Sustainable, Stable, and Secure Cyberspace, Cambridge University Press, 2021 (forthcoming)

  • Hacking Back under International Law: Toward Effective Remedies against Cyberattacks for Non-State Actors, Cybersecurity and Legal-Regulatory Aspects, World Publishing Company, 2021.

  • Policy Paper on The International Cyberterrorism Regulation Project (co-author)RUSI, July 2019.

  • Information Sharing for the Mitigation of Hostile Activity in Cyberspace: Comparing Two Nascent Models, European Cybersecurity Journal, Vol’s. 4 and 5 (2018 and 2019).

  • Between national security considerations and data privacy: two approaches to balancing a core normative tension in cybersecurity regulation, Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection, March 2019.

  • A Look at Israel's New Draft Cybersecurity LawCouncil on Foreign Relations Net Politics Blog, July 2, 2018.

  • An Analytical Review and Comparison of Operative Measures included in Cyber Diplomatic Initiatives, Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace, 2018.

  • Space Security and Cybersecurity: Intersecting Challenges, 4th Manfred Lachs Conference Proceedings, McGill University, forthcoming 2018.

  • Michael Schmitt (ed.), Tallinn Manual 2.0 on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Operations, Cambridge University Press, 2017.

  • Cyberizing Counter-terrorism Legislation and Policy: National and International Developments, ICT Working Papers, 25 September 2017

  • National Cyber Security Organization in Israel, NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence, Tallinn, June 2017.
  • “Cyber Law and Telecommunications Law”, chapter in R. Sabel and Yael Ronen (eds.), International Law, 3rd ed., Sacher Institute, Faculty of Law, HUJI, 2016).

Click here to read an interview with Deborah.