Dr. Maria Yordanova joined the Center for the Study of Democracy in the late 1998 and has since directed the CSD Law Program. She has led the Center’s law drafting efforts aimed at approximation of Bulgarian legislation to acquis communautaire and modernizing judiciary, as well at establishing and supporting contacts between the Bulgarian legal community and government agencies. Other areas of Dr. Yordanova’s specialisation include promotion of the EU standards in human rights protection through introduction of the ombudsman institution in Bulgaria and development of the legal and strategic framework of anti-corruption for Bulgaria, including regional cooperation. She has coordinated a number of projects in the area of human rights, justice, liberty and security, several research initiatives to improve prison conditions and rights of victims of crimes, as well as studies on public confidence in the criminal justice system. Since 2008, she is the Center’s representative in the Fundamental Rights Platform of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency and in the period 2008-2012 – Member of the Board of Advisors of International Development Law Organization (IDLO). She is also Member of the Advisory Group to the Asia-Europe Foundation’s Asia-Europe Democratization and Justice Series.