Speakers

Lyla Latif

Tutorial Fellow @ University of Nairobi and Warwick Law

Lyla Latif

Bio

I am a Kenyan qualified Lawyer/Advocate admitted to legal practice in 2011, sworn in as a Commissioner for Oaths in 2014 and as a Notary Public in 2016. I am a NED with Tax Justice Network, an appointed member of the inaugural Tax Law Committee of the East Africa Law Society, sit on the Advisory Board of the International Lawyers Project and I train on tax related content globally with Rotterdam’s premier tax training organization: Capabuild. I am experienced in litigation and legislative drafting (co-drafted Kenya’s first set of land legislation post Independence, amendments to privatization and tax laws). My legal practice is focused around corporate/tax (re)structuring, negotiating and drafting commercial/private contracts, securities and investment agreements. I also advise on the legal and tax implications of the digitalizing economy and metaverse led legal reform. I hold a faculty position with the University of Warwick. As a fellow at the University of Nairobi I co-founded the Committee of Fiscal Studies, securing several grants to set up our flagship projects, launch the Journal on Financing for Development of which I was the managing editor (2018-2021) and to support research and training on fiscal transparency around the African Debt. I have also taught at Cardiff University (Evidence Law 2018-2021) and the London School of Economics (LSE) (Law and Economics of Mergers and Acquisitions 2021-2022). Over the years, I have advised and carried out consultancy work for the European Commission (DG for Research & Innovation), WHO, Future Generation Commissioner for Wales, UN Office of the Special Adviser on Africa, UNCTAD, UNDP, OHCHR, the Kenyan and German Parliaments and several international organizations. My personal initiative is to redesign fiscal systems to include the Islamic wealth tax toward financing economic improvement and override colonial influenced fiscal regimes/approaches with heterodox approaches. I’d love to chat about research and collaboration that is linked to Africa on international taxation, domestic revenue mobilisation, illicit financial flows and Islamic fiscal law.

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