Mariya Badeva-Bright

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Mariya Badeva-Bright

Co-founder and coordinator of the African Legal Information Institute (AfricanLII)

Mariya Badeva-Bright specializes in Information Technology and legal research. She is also the director of the AfricanLII.

I work on content and policy development at the African Legal Information Institute. In the area of legal informatics and content, I am most interested in the development of a standardised approach to legal content collection and publication as well as analysis of legal document types in preparation for technical standardisation. In the latter sphere, I was involved in the development of the AkomaNtoso judgment standard and am now actively engaged in the localization of the AkomaNtoso schema to jurisdictions of AfricanLII interest.

Promotion of free access to law and sustained efforts of entrenching access policy is an integral part of AfricanLII work. My particular interest here lie in the study and development of copyright and privacy policies as means of removing barriers to widespread and unobstructed access to African law, as a subset of the broader issue of access to legal knowledge in Africa.

My research has also included studies on the sustainability of free access to law projects in Southern and East Africa (as part of a global research team) which includes a component on the impact of such projects.

I am a Section Editor of the Journal of Open Access to Law.

 I taught the undergraduate course in Legal Information Literacy and the Cyberlaw LLM at the Law School of the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa from 2005 to 2010.

I graduated in law from Plovdiv University “Paisiy Hilendarski”, Bulgaria (2001, Magister Iuris) and from Stockholm University, Sweden (2003, LLM in Law and Information Technology).

I was previously the Head of Legal Informatics and Policy at SAFLII.

Contact information

mariyab[at] africanlii [dot] org


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