Deborah Housen-Couriel, Adv. B.A., LL.M, MC-MPA
Deborah Housen-Couriel, Adv.
B.A., LL.M, MC-MPA
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. Corporate clients include companies in the in the banking, fintech, capital markets, maritime and transportation sectors.
Deborah is a member of the Israeli bar. In addition to her Tel Aviv-based-practice, she is Special Counsel for cybersecurity law to the New York law firm Zeichner, Ellman & Krause LLP. She works closely with the leading Israeli cybersecurity firm Konfidas, which provides a full-scale threat assessment and response strategy for its clients. Her experience at the global level includes her current work on the Advisory Board for the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise and as a Core Expert on the Manual on International Law Applicable to Military Uses of Outer Space (MILAMOS) project. Deborah was a member of the International Group of Experts that drafted the Tallin 2 manual on state activity in cyberspace (to be published in winter 2017); and of the ILA’s Study Group on Cybersecurity, Terrorism and International Law. She is certified with the IBITGQ EU General Data Protection Regulation Foundation (EU GDPR F).
Deborah’s law practice is supported by ongoing research on critical cybersecurity issues. She is a research fellow at the Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center at Tel Aviv University, the Herzliya Institute for Counter-Terrorism, and the Minerva Center at Haifa University’s Law Faculty. She teaches courses on cybersecurity law and regulation at the former two, with a focus on the interaction among public international law, domestic legal systems and contemporary technological developments in cyberspace. Deborah also 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.
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.