Mariya co-founded the African Legal Information Institute as a project of the Southern Africa Litigation Centre, South Africa. In her work she focuses on supporting the development of free access to law initiatives in Africa. Mariya's current interests are in the areas of content and standards development, facilitating further use of legal information.
Mariya graduated in law from Plovdiv University, Bulgaria in 2001 and obtained her LL.M. in Information Technology and Law from Stockholm University, Sweden in 2003. In 2006, as a sessional lecturer at the School of Law, University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, she created and then taught until 2010 the Legal Information Literacy LL.B. course and coordinated and lectured the Cyberlaw LL.M. course. Most recently, she was the Head of Legal Informatics and Policy at the Southern African Legal Information Institute (SAFLII), where she worked from its inception in 2006 as a project of the Constitutional Court of South Africa until April 2010.