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 Lyla Latif

Lyla Latif

Research student

I am a legal academic teaching at the University of Nairobi, and at Cardiff School of Law and Politics. I have over 7 years’ experience as a lawyer advising and litigating on business, corporate and administrative law, and have worked with the Kenyan government to draft its land, and privatization legislation besides having also audited numerous state corporations. I am the co-founder of the Committee on Fiscal Studies - Nairobi, member of the Centre for Law and Global Justice - Cardiff and a former advisor to the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales on creating the enabling environment towards sustainable development and finance. I have worked with the European Commission and the World Health Organisation to recommend a financial framework for the right to health, and with Kings College London on climate finance. My current research inquires into Islamic fiscal law, implementing SDG 3, 9 in Kenya, illicit financial flows, digital taxation, and corruption. Happy to collaborate on these areas of 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 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

Professor John Harrington

Professor of Law

Ambreena Manji

Professor Ambreena Manji

Professor of Law