Speakers

Adv. Deborah Housen-Couriel

Deborah’s expertise focuses on global and Israeli cybersecurity

law and regulation. Her law practice advises clients on high-level

strategies for legal planning and regulatory compliance in the

areas of corporate governance, preparedness, data protection and

retention, internet fraud and cybercrime. She currently serves as the

Chief Legal Officer and VP Regulation of Konfidas, a leading Israeli

cybresecurity firm. 

Her work is supported by ongoing research on critical cybersecurity

issues, and she is a research fellow at IDC Herzliya’s Institute for

Counter-Terrorism, and the Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center

at Tel Aviv University; and serves on the Advisory Board of Hebrew

University's . Federmann Cyber Security Center. Deborah teaches

several university courses on cybersecurity law and regulation, with

a focus on the interaction among public international law, domestic

legal systems and contemporary technological developments in

cyberspace. She taught as a guest lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Exec Ed Program on Cybersecurity: The Intersection of Policy and Technology in 2016. In 2010-11, she co-chaired the National Cyber Initiative’s Policy and Regulation Committee, under the aegis of the Prime Minister’s Office; and served as a member of Israel’s National Cyber Bureau’s Public Committee on the Cyber Professions

Her experience at the international level includes her current work on the Advisory Board for the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise, as a Core Expert on the Manual on International Law Applicable to Military Uses of Outer Space (MILAMOS) project, and as a member of the Legal Research Advisory Group for the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace. Deborah was a member of the International 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. Deborah also serves as Vice Chair of the American Society of International Law’s Law and Technology Interest Group. She is certified with the IBITGQ EU General Data Protection Regulation Foundation and Practitioner (GDPR F and P). 

Between 2007 and 2014, Deborah was Director of the Wexner Foundation's Israel Fellowship Program, which develops public leadership at the highest levels in Israel and the US together with the Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to these positions, Deborah was Director of the Department of Regulation and International Treaties and served in the Director-General’s Bureau of the Israeli Ministry of Communications (1994-2005). While at the Ministry, she served on delegations to the WTO, the ITU, the Oslo Accords negotiations for telecommunications and spectrum management issues, and those for the peace treaty with Jordan. She received her B.A. in History and Anthropology summa cum laude and with Phi Beta Kappa membership from Wellesley College and the École de Sciences Politiques in Paris; her LL.B. and LL.M (cum laude) from Hebrew University; and an MC-MPA from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government as a Wexner Foundation Fellow in 2000-2001. 

Research Associate and Adjunct Lecturer, ICT, IDC Herzliya, Israel

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