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About Laws.Africa

We believe that the traditional approach to promoting free access to the law requires a fundamental shift. Firstly, putting documents online does not enable value creation and is not enough. Secondly, sourcing, consolidating and providing open access to the law sustainably requires a new business model for collaboration and partnerships.

Our Principles

  • People own the laws which govern them.
  • Access to the law directly and indirectly enables access to justice.
  • Government is responsible for making the law freely and openly available.
  • A legislation commons improves access to the law for everyone.
  • A legislation commons promotes justice sector innovation by lowering barriers to entry and reducing undifferentiated heavy lifting.
  • Such a commons must be machine-friendly and, ultimately, openly licensed.
  • Such a commons can only be sustainably built in mutual collaboration with those who benefit from it.
  • Such a commons can be built sustainably through appropriate licensing and the offering of value-added features and services, without limiting the usefulness of the open commons.

Our Goals

  • Improve access to the law, stimulate innovation, and lead by example, by
  • creating a machine-friendly, openly licensed legislation commons, through
  • building mutually beneficial relationships with African governments and a contributor community, that is
  • sustainable through licensing and charging for value-added services and expertise.

The Laws.Africa Team

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Greg Kempe
Co-founder and Head of Technology
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Greg is a co-founder of Laws.Africa and is passionate about using technology for the benefit of society. Greg previously worked at OpenUp, a civic technology organisation, and Amazon Web Services (AWS). Greg has an MSc in Computer Science from the University of British Columbia, Canada.

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Mariya Badeva-Bright
Co-founder
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Mariya leads the AfricanLII project at the University of Cape Town. Mariya is a veteran open access activist having worked on free access to law in Africa since 2004. She was involved in the set up and development of SAFLII. Since 2010 Mariya has helped build free access law portals in 13 African countries and co-founded the AfricanLII as a resource and a community hub for free access to law in Africa. Mariya is a technology lawyer with an LL.M in Law and Information Technology from Stockholm University.

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Edith V
Software Developer and Lead Statutes Editor
edith@laws.africa

Edith has a background in legal publishing, a passion for open access to information and a growing set of programming skills.

She has worked as a legal proofreader, a statutes editor, a project manager, and a Python developer.

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Sibulele Mdleleni
Project Administrator
sibulele@laws.africa

Sibulele has worked at a Central Records Management Centre for three years, and has a bachelor of Arts degree and Post Graduate Certificate in Education. She is passionate about bringing knowledge, managing and safe keeping of documents and administration at large.

Contributors

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Lois Chisompola
Legislation Content Editor

Lois has worked as a research advocate, district registrar and a legislative drafter for several years. Her involvement with Free Access to law began with her work as a researcher with AfricanLII. She holds a bachelor of laws degree, a Post Graduate diploma in legislative drafting and is pursuing an LL.M at the University of Cape Town.

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Tamar Glanger
Legislation Content Editor

Tammy’s background is in education. While working in libraries she discovered an interest in information management and she is currently studying towards a PGDipLIS at UCT. She is grateful to Laws.Africa for providing the opportunity to be a part of making more information, more widely and freely available for the benefit of society.

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Robley Gori
Software Developer

Robley is a budding software developer from Nairobi, Kenya. He is passionate about all things technology, especially when used for societal greater good and benefit.

Robley has a BSc in Information Technology from The Multimedia University of Kenya.

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Maulline Gragau
Legislation Content Editor

Maulline Gragau has studied law, Criminology and Forensic Science, and has 5+ years experience in law and forensic science. She is passionate about law, science and technology, youth and women empowerment through entrepreneurship, responsive leadership, sustainable development and environmental conservation. She believes that Africans have the capability to find their own solutions to all the undeniable problems which confront them.

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Chikomborero Gudlanga
Legislation Content Editor

Chikomborero is a final year law student at the University of Johannesburg. He is passionate about social justice and is very excited to be making his contribution toward making the law accessible to all.

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Nontsikelelo Jacobs
Legislation Content Editor

I am Nontsikelelo Jacobs, graduated in Social Sciences in 2013 at UCT. Currently I am doing a Postgraduate Diploma in Library and Information Studies at UCT, finishing in November 2019. I am passionate about reading and administration work.

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Rayno Mapoe
Legislation Content Editor

I am currently PGDip Library and Information Studies student at UCT. I am passionate about open access and having information at the disposal of those who need it, especially relating to legislation. Through my time at Laws.Africa I have learnt a great deal about legal information as well as proofreading and editing, furthermore it has sparked an interest in software technology. I have a background in Political Science and International Relations.

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Sibongiseni Mrwashu
South African Community Coordinator and Legislation Enthusiast

Sibongiseni is a qualified Law Librarian and a trainee Statutes Editor. She was involved in SAFLII from 2014 until 2018, where she learned a great deal about legal information, editing and consolidating legislation, and the software tool to make it available for open access. Sibongiseni is passionate about all things Law, IT and information.

Sibongiseni is currently pursuing her LLB via UNISA.

Sibongiseni codes at times.

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Karen Shear
Legislation Content Editor

Karen previously worked in academic librarianship at Wits Medical School and Law School libraries. Since 2002 she has worked as a part time consultant to the Constitutional Court website. Her involvement with Free Access to law began in 2006 with her work as a Legal Content Analyst with SAFLII, where she still works on a part time basis.

BA (Hons) UCT, H Dip Lib (Wits), LLB (Unisa)

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Funders

We're grateful to our funders for helping us to achieve our goals.

The Indigo Trust

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