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African Legal Information Institute

Cape Town, South Africa
Joined June 2018

Enabling Africans to access and shape the law of their countries.

Presence in: Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Focus: Access to Information

AfricanLII liberates public legal information in Africa.

AfricanLII is a programme of the Democratic Governance and Rights Unit at the Department of Public Law, University of Cape Town.

We help individuals, organizations, and governments build and maintain sustainable free access to law portals, and reach the people of Africa and beyond.

We convene a network of 16 African LIIs – a collaborative group of organizations and individuals in Africa, dedicated to free access to law on our continent.

Free Access to Law, or LII, websites are indispensable sources of legal information for the justice sector and citizens of the countries LIIs serve. Often, there is no commercial alternative. Read more in the Report of LII Usage in South Africa and Zimbabwe.

We also provide a Pan-African legal search engine and host regional legal materials for free access.

Our partners and AfricanLII subscribe to the principles of the Montreal Declaration on Free Access to Law.

People Associated With This Organization

Mariya Badeva

South Africa  
African Legal Information Institute
Joined June 2018
Interests: Access to Information, Community / Customary Land Rights, Economic Empowerment, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights
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 issu

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