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 Lyla Latif

Lyla Latif

Research student,

Overview

I am a public finance law specialist whose research, legal practice and publications have focused on the physical and digital creation, movement, allocation and taxation of wealth, finance and revenue towards development needs. I also inquire into the role of public and private corporations in promoting fiscal responsibility, and towards achieving development needs. My work has benefited African based and international advocacy organisations and think tanks; informed policy and law making at government level and provided pan-African specialist insight to international financing organisations. Outside Africa, I have studied and published on the tax systems of Afghanistan and Bangladesh. I have supported capacity building, strengthening tax literacy and redefining norms around revenue mobilisation, financial flows, digitalisation, realising rights, redistribution and legal systems in Africa. I am a first class law graduate from the University of Nairobi, with a double Masters; one in public finance and financial services law and another in public policy and development. I continue to improve on my skills having trained with: Münster University and Leiden Law in international taxation; International Law Institute on international criminal and human rights law; Georgetown Law on human rights litigation and UNITAR on micro finance institutions and their role in financing development. Currently I am finalising my doctorate at Cardiff Law for submission in 2020 under the supervision of Professors John Harrington and Ambreena Manji.

Thank you for reading my profile and I look forward to hearing from you,

Best Regards,

Lyla Latif

Advocate. Commissioner for Oaths and Notary Public (Kenya based).

Research

Research interests

My research interests centre around the physical and digital movement of wealth across borders and the impact it has on developing states.

Expertise

I have 9 years of experience as a litigator, and I am specialised in corporate, commercial, constitutional, finance and administrative law.

Recent Collaborations

  • Working with the Tax Justice Network and Kings College London to identify gaps within the international corporate tax architecture that facilitates illicit financial flows through the creation of global wealth chains.
  • Working with Kings College London, UNEP, UNFCCC, AfDB, Green Climate Fund, BEIS, Kenyan and Mexican Ministers under the King's Together Seed Award to brainstorm on creating an enabling environment for public-private climate finance and mutual knowledge sharing with a focus on Global South-South exchange and capacity building
  • Part of a global collaboration project financed by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Research and Innovation under Grant No. HEALTHF1-2012-305240 on 'Formulating New Goals for Global Health, and Proposing New Governance for Global Health that will allow the Achievement of these Goals.' www.go4health.eu

Legislation Drafted

  • Land Registration Act, No. 3 of 2012
  • National Land Commission Act, No. 5 of 2012
  • Land Act, No. 6 of 2012
  • Amendments to the Privatization Act, No. 2 of 2005

Funding Success

  • Funding from the World Health Organisation to conduct a study on 'The Extent to which Human Rights Principles are Applied in Health Policy Making and Programming in Chereng'any Sub County in Kenya'.
  • Funding from European Commission's Directorate-General for Research and Innovation under Grant No. HEALTHF1-2012-305240 on 'Formulating New Goals for Global Health, and Proposing New Governance for Global Health that will allow the Achievement of these Goals.'

Teaching

  • Certification Course for Continuing Professional Development (Law): Mergers and Acquisitions at the Kenya School of Law
  • Undergraduate Level: Commercial Law, Securities Regulation, Pensions Law and Consumer Protection Law at the University of Nairobi, School of Law
  • Undergraduate Level: Global Problems and Legal Theory, and Evidence Law at Cardiff University
  • Masters Level: Global Health: Law and Governance at Cardiff University

Thesis

The validity of developing a legal framework to include Islamic revenue sources for health financing in Kenya

My PhD research inquires into the dialectic connection between human rights and Islamic fiscal law to develop an innovative theoretical model to finance public healthcare in Kenya. 

Funding source

Vice Chancellor's International Scholarship for Research Excellence

Supervisors

Professor John Harrington

Professor of Law

Ambreena Manji

Professor Ambreena Manji

Professor of Law