On September 21, the Law Society of England and Wales hosted a presentation ceremony for 14 judges and officials from Kazakhstan's judicial bodies, to award for their successful completion of half-year intensive legal training. The event was attended by Ambassador of Kazakhstan Mr Erlan Idrissov; Member of the Law Society of England and Wales, Mr Tony Fisher; and representatives from UK academic, judicial and legal bodies, as well as banking sector.
The training was organised with the support of the 'Bolashak' presidential scholarship on the initiative of Kazakhstan's Supreme Court, and the Astana International Financial Center (AIFC). The training course has specially been focused on the needs of the AIFC and held on the basis of the City, University of London. During their six months of training, the judges underwent tailored intensive legal training focused on the key principles of English common law and commercial, contractual, and entrepreneurial law. Most importantly, internships were organised for participants at the British commercial courts, the Chamber of Advocates, and international law and financial firms and the EBRD.
Speaking at the ceremony, Ambassador Idrissov noted that the judges received invaluable knowledge and skills, which will now be applied to the AIFC, where principles of English law will operate. The Ambassador added that the graduates will be a new bridge to expand and strengthen ties between the legal systems, businesses, and official bodies of Kazakhstan and the United Kingdom.
Tony Fisher stressed the uniqueness of the special course that allowed Kazakh lawyers to combine in a short time the basic elements of the academic programmes of the legal undergraduate (LLB), the master's degree in law (GDL), the legal practice for solicitors (LPC) of time and training courses for professional lawyers (BPTC) that are needed for the AIFC to operate successfully. He also expressed his hope that, given the ambitious prospects of the AIFC, this unique pilot educational project for the legal system of Kazakhstan will have an active continuation with the support of the 'Bolashak' programme.