Dr Daisy Akinyi Ogembo


Dr Daisy Ogembo

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Juggling family life and work


Junior research fellow in Law

DPhil Law, 2019 University of Oxford

A Constitutional Prod: Has Transformative Constitutionalism in Africa Resulted in Institutional Change and Power Shifts in Tax Administration?







I research tax law, an inherently inter-disciplinary speciality that draws heavily from scholarly perspectives in economics, politics, and psychology. My research interests are in tax law and policy, constitutionalism and taxation, tax and administrative law, comparative taxation, tax and development, and taxation of the shadow economy and small businesses. A significant part of my research explores the difficulties that tax authorities in lower-income countries contend with, in discharging their core mandate, and the broader legal, socio-economic, and political contexts upon which their success is contingent.

I am an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya (non-practising) and hold degrees from University of Oxford (DPhil Law, 2019), University of London (LLM Commercial & Corporate Law, 2013), and University of Nairobi (LLB, 2006).  I worked for six years in the leading litigation firm of Oraro & Company Advocates, where I made numerous oral arguments before judges of the High Court and Court of Appeal; later, I worked as a full-time faculty member at the Strathmore Law School where I set-up and directed the Strathmore Tax Research Centre. I have recently completed my doctoral research on the taxation of 'hard-to-tax' professionals in Africa and was awarded a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2019.