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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.

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Kazakhstan: practice rights update from Sayat Zholshy and Partners

27 November 2015

Kazakhstan has recently adopted a new Civil Procedure Code as well as Entrepreneurial Code.

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How to practise in Kazakhstan

16 September 2014By Donna Evans

Find out all you need to know about practising in Kazakhstan

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Successful English Law Summit in Nur-Sultan

17 April 2019

Following on from our successful English Law Summit last year, the Law Society in partnership with the Bar Council of England and Wales, organised a second English Law Summit in Nur-Sultan. Read all about it.

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The Law Society signs MOU with the AIFC Court and International Arbitration Centre

8 March 2019

An agreement to work together on areas of mutual interest

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Join us for English Law Summit 2019 in Kazakhstan

22 February 2019

Following on from our successful English Law Summit last year, the Law Society in partnership with the Bar Council of England and Wales, are organising the second English Law Summit in Astana on 10 April 2019.

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Kazakhstan in focus: the new Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) Court and International Arbitration Centre (IAC) - 4 March 2019

22 February 2019

The Law Society in partnership with the Bar Council, the AIFC Court and international arbitration centre is hosting an afternoon seminar with Lord Woolf, Chief Justice of AIFC Court and Barbara Dohmann QC, Chairman, International Arbitration Centre on 4 March 2019.

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Russian Law Week: The Newest Tradition for English and Russian Lawyers

12 October 2018

Russian Law Week provides a unique opportunity to English solicitors and barristers to obtain a true insight and to get answers from top professionals to all the questions about Russian law that they always wanted to ask. Read about the views and experiences of Artem Doudko, a Partner in the International Arbitration Group at Osborne Clarke and head of the firm’s Russia and CIS Disputes practice, and the tradition of Russian Law Week.

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Doing legal business in... KazakhstanSubscription

5 February 2018

Our Doing Legal Business series provides a guide for lawyers to working in key international markets.

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Doing legal business in Kazakhstan reportSubscription

7 August 2013Updated: 21 November 2014


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Your contacts for this region are Chika Muorah and Eleanor Farrow


International Policy Adviser: CIS

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International Policy Assistant: Europe and the CIS