Prof. Dr. Catharina Maracke

Associate Professor of IT and Data Law

Catharina Maracke is an Associate Professor of IT and Data Law at Kühne Logistics University. She holds a second appointment as Affiliate Professor at the Bucerius Law School, where she is part of the Center for Transnational IP, Media and Technology Law and Policy. She is also a Visiting Professor at the Institute for Library and Information Science, Humboldt University Berlin, a Project Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University, Japan, and a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, USA.

Catharina Maracke graduated from the Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel and the Hamburg Court of Appeal, Germany, with the first and second state examination. While studying, she obtained a scholarship from the Max-Planck-Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law in Munich to write her PhD thesis on the history of the German Copyright Act of 1965. Catharina has served as international director at Creative Commons, as a board member for the OpenCourseWare Consortium and as a member of the World Economic Forums’ Global Agenda Council on the Future of the Intellectual Property System. Her research and teaching is focused on intellectual property law and policy, standardization efforts for public licensing schemes, and the general interaction between law and technology. At Kühne Logistics University, Catharina is mainly interested in exploring the ways, in which various legal questions, including intellectual property and privacy, interfere with different types of business models and technology. Her current research includes legal and ethical questions for self-driving cars and other autonomous vehicle technologies.

Academic Positions

since 2016Associate Professor of IT and Data Law, Kühne Logistics University, Hamburg, Germany
2010-2016Associate Professor, Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University Tokyo, Japan
2009Visiting Professor, University of Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico

2005Invited Researcher, Institute of Intellectual Property, Tokyo, Japan
2000-2002Research Assistant, Max-­Planck Institute for Foreign and International Patent, Copyright and Competition Law Munich, Germany

Professional Experience

2006-2010Director International, Creative Commons San Francisco, USA / Berlin, Germany / Tokyo, Japan
2006-2010Lawyer/Counsel, SR Huebner & Kollegen, Munich, Germany
2004-2005Lawyer/Associate, Shearman & Sterling LLP Munich, Germany
2004Law Clerk, Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Toronto, Canada
2002-2004Law Clerk/Candidate Attorney (German “Referendariat”), German Patent and Trademark Office Munich, Germany / Hamburg Court of Appeals, Hamburg Germany


2004Second German State Examination, Hamburg Court of Appeals, Germany
2003Certified by DAI (Deutsches Anwaltsinstitut), Germany
2002PhD. in Copyright Law, 2002 “Magna cum Laude”, Christian-­Albrechts-­University of Kiel, Germany