Ido Kilovaty

LL.B., Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Law, Israel; LL.M., University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.

Before arriving at Georgetown Law, Ido pursued his Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, where he conducted research on cyber warfare and the international law regulating the use of force between states (jus ad bellum). His LL.M. thesis was supervised by Professor Kate Jastram and he finished it with high honors.

Ido is currently an S.J.D. candidate at the Georgetown University Law Center. His doctoral research focuses on how international humanitarian law and international institutions adapt to new threats and challenges that cyber capabilities pose to the international community. As part of his doctoral research, Ido analyzes how different international humanitarian law norms, such as distinction and proportionality, apply to civilians who either participate in cyber operations or become their direct and indirect victims. Part of his project deals with the duty of "due diligence in cyberspace", that is, whether international law requires states to ensure that their territory is not used to harm other states through cyberspace. He is working under the supervision of Professor Rosa Brooks.

Ido's current research interests are: cyber law, law and technology, public international law, use of force, international humanitarian law (or the law of armed conflict), international criminal law, and international human rights law. He is writing on international cyberspace regulation, international law during 'cyber' armed conflicts, and cyberspace and (inter)national security.


  • Ido Kilovaty, ICRC, NATO and the U.S. - Direct Participation in "Hacktivities" - Targeting Private Contractors and Civilians in Cyberspace under the Law of Armed ConflictDuke Law &Technology Review (upcoming Spring 2016).

  • Ido Kilovaty, Rethinking the Prohibition on the Use of Force in Light of Economic Cyber Warfare: Towards a Broader Scope of Article 2(4) of the U.N. Charter, 4(3) Journal of Law and Cyber Warfare (2015).

  • Ido Kilovaty, Cyber Warfare and the Jus ad Bellum Challenges: Evaluation in Light of the Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Warfare, American University National Security Law Brief (2014).

  • Ido Kilovaty, Report of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea: Green Light for Humanitarian Intervention?, 6 Creighton International &Comparative Law Journal (2014).
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