Kazakhstan is the world's largest landlocked country by land area and the ninth largest country in the world. Its territory is 2,724,900 sq kms. The country has borders with Russia, China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and the Caspian Sea. Its population is 18 million. The capital is Astana, it was moved from Almaty in 1997.
Kazakhstan was the last to declare independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Today, the country is a unitary republic. Its first and only President is Nursultan Nazarbayev. Kazakhstan is also a member of the UN, OSCE, Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). It is an active participant in the NATO Partnership for Peace program.
The Kazakh legal system is a civil law system.
Kazakhstan has recently adopted a new Civil Procedure Code as well as Entrepreneurial Code.
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The Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) organises its first law conference and introduces its unique legal framework and dispute resolution in the AIFC court.
The Law Society in cooperation with the Bar Council of England and Wales organised a successful English Law Summit in Astana and Almaty from 23 to 25 April 2018.
From 5-8 December 2017, Sir William Blair joined a small delegation from the Law Society and City Law School to present the final evaluation report of the judicial training programme for Supreme Court judges and senior clerks from Kazakhstan. This trip was undertaken under the auspices of the Supreme Court of Kazakhstan and kindly hosted by Madiyar Balken, a Supreme Court judge.
The Law Society organised a breakfast roundtable with experts from the region and experienced practitioners to discuss the current business climate, growing business areas, and new investment opportunities for law firms and their clients, in particular in relation to the AIFC.
The Law Society in partnership with the Bar Council of England and Wales organised the fourth English Law Week event in Moscow and St Petersburg from 20 to 23 November 2017.