Katya Assaf-Zakharov studied law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (LL.B. and LL.M.), and wrote her Ph.D. at the University of Munich (LMU), Germany, working as a scholar of the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property. She is now an assistant professor at the Law Faculty of the Hebrew University and a member of the DAAD Center for German Studies.
Her research focuses on Intellectual Property, especially on its social, cultural, philosophical and economic aspects. A significant part of her writings critically analyze consumer culture, brand fetishism, and capitalist ideology in different legal contexts. She is also interested in comparative law, particularly in comparing German and US-American legal regulations and tracing the cultural and philosophic roots of the different legal perceptions.