Fred Mitchell Isaacs

Dean of School of Law, Associate Professor
Juris Doctor, University of Notre Dame


Fred Isaacs is the Dean of the School of Law at KIMEP University in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Prior to joining KIMEP in 2019 he served as a law professor in the School of Business and in various administrative positions (e.g., Chair of the Graduate College, Director of Graduate Programs) at Marylhurst University in the United States. Fred was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, and grew up on the Purdue University campus. After completing his military service (US Army, special branch of Military Intelligence), Fred earned a BA summa cum laude in History, with minors in English Literature, French, and Latin. Fred then did post-graduate study in Latin before going on to law school at the University of Notre Dame, where he earned his Juris Doctor (JD). A member of numerous state and federal bars, including the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States, Fred was a senior law clerk for four federal judges, a commercial litigation associate in two large law firms, the senior consultant for a small “boutique” federal appellate firm, and for more than a decade owned his own federal appellate consulting practice. He is married with three grown children and eight grandchildren.

E-mail: f.isaacs@kimep.kz

Sergey Sayapin (1)

Sergey Sayapin

Associate Dean, Associate Professor of International and Criminal Law, Dr. Iur.


Dr. Sergey Sayapin is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean at KIMEP University’s School of Law. He studied law in Uzbekistan (University of World Economy and Diplomacy, 1995 – 1999), the United Kingdom (University of Essex, 1999 – 2000), and Germany (Humboldt University of Berlin, 2008 – 2013). In 2000 – 2014, he held various posts at the Regional Delegation in Central Asia of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Dr. Sayapin teaches and has research interests in the Central Asian and post-Soviet approaches to international institutions and law, international and comparative criminal law, criminology, law and society, economics, and technology. Dr. Sayapin’s most recent publications include:

Encyclopedia of Public International Law in Asia, Volume III: Central & South Asia (Brill, 2021) [in English], xiv + 725 pp., see: https://brill.com/view/title/39529 (print), https://brill.com/view/db/epil [with Seokwoo Lee, Hee Eun Lee, Muhammad Ekramul Haque, Rajesh Babu Ravindran, Jamal Seifi, and Wasantha Seneviratne]

“Kazakhstan”, in M. Porsche-Ludwig and Ying Yu Chen (eds.), Handbook of Asian States: Geography – History – Culture – Politics – Economy, Part 1 (LIT Verlag, 2021), pp. 267 – 276

“Uzbekistan”, in M. Porsche Ludwig and Ying Yu Chen (eds.), Handbook of Asian States: Geography – History – Culture – Politics – Economy, Part 2 (LIT Verlag, 2021), pp. 737 – 744

“Russian Approaches to International Law and Cyberspace”, in N. Tsagourias and R. Buchan (eds.), Research Handbook on International Law and Cyberspace, 2nd edition (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2021), pp. 524 – 545

Courses taught at the School of Law:

– Criminology;
– Public international law;
– International human rights law;
– International conflict and security law;
– International criminal law;
– International Institutional law / Law of international organizations;
– Introduction to the legal system of Kazakhstan

E-mail: s.sayapin@kimep.kz


Rustam Atadjanov

Assistant Professor of Public and International Law, Director of the LLB in International Law Programme


Rustam Atadjanov, LLB, LLM, Dr. jur. (PhD) is a Graduate of the Karakalpak State University, Uzbekistan (2003), University of Connecticut School of Law, USA (2006), with the main focus on international human rights law, and University of Hamburg, Faculty of Law, Germany (2018), focusing on international criminal law. Formerly a Legal Adviser at the Regional Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Central Asia (2007–2014) dealing with international humanitarian law and public international law issues. He published his monograph with the T.M.C. Asser Press / Springer on the concept of humanity in international criminal law and crimes against humanity in June 2019. Rustam is an editor and co-editor in several academic periodicals including the Central Asian Yearbook of International and Comparative Law (Book Review Editor). He actively publishes with a number of European and Asian academic journals writing on a range of topics in the areas of international law and public law.

Courses taught at the School of Law:
– Law of International Treaties;
– Public International law;
– International human rights law;
– Theory of state and law;
– History of International law;
– International criminal law;
– Criminal Law of RK: general part;
– Criminal Law of RK: special part;
– Constitutional law of RK

E-mail: r.atadjanov@kimep.kz

Federico Dalpane (1)

Federico Dalpane

Assistant – Professor, PhD


Federico Dalpane is from Italy and studied political and legal philosophy at the Universities of Bologna, Frankfurt am Main, and Berlin (Humboldt). He earned a doctorate in History of political thought at the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies of Pisa, and held research and teaching positions at the University of Bologna. Federico Dalpane joined KIMEP University in 2010.

Courses taught at the School of Law:
– History of political and legal studies;
– History of the state and law in foreign countries;
– Philosophy of Law;
– Roman law;
– Comparative constitutional law;
– Law of the European Union;
– Legal Traditions of the World

E-mail: dalpane@kimep.kz


Maria Baideldinova

Assistant – Professor, PhD


Dr. Baideldinova joined KIMEP in 2006. She received her PhD in Family Law in 2010 in Pisa, Italy. In addition to teaching and conducting scientific research in the field of family law, Maria Baideldinova is working in the developing area of ​​law – Animal law and also teaches the first course in Kazakhstan on this issue. Currently, Dr. Baideldinova is an Assistant Professor at KIMEP University, as well as a legal advisor to several Kazakhstani nongovernmental organizations working on animal welfare issues. She also publishes articles about animal law in different periodicals.

Courses taught at the School of Law:
– Property law;
– Animal law;
– Civil law: general part
– Civil law: special part
– Family and Inheritance law of Kazakhstan;
– Labor law of Kazakhstan;
– Land law of Kazakhstan

E-mail: maria@kimep.kz


Nicolas Zambrana – Tevar

Assistant – Professor, PhD


Nicolas Zambrana-Tevar earned an LLM in International Business from the London School of Economics and a PhD in International Investment Law from the University of Navarra, where he also served as Executive Director for International Programs, Assistant Professor and Moot Court team trainer. Prior to his academic career, he worked in Madrid for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Garrigues Abogados, mainly in commercial and arbitration proceedings. He was a visiting lecturer and presented papers in a number of academic institutions in Europe, Latin America and Asia. Recently invited as a researcher at the Institut für internationales und ausländisches Privatrecht
University of Cologne. He has published articles in the field of private international law, commercial arbitration and investment law.

Courses taught at the School of Law:
– International commercial arbitration;
– International commercial law;
– Private international law;
– International Investment Law;
– Mootcourting

E-mail: n.zambrana@kimep.kz

Zhanat Alimanov (1)

Zhanat Alimanov

Assistant Professor, LLM


Zhanat Alimanov has occupied throughout his career several management and director’s positions. These include Executive Director at Sapienti Group, Head of the Executive Board at the Kazakhstan Association of Independent Directors, and member of the Board of Directors at the Kazakhstan National Company “SPK “Saryarka.” He is admitted to practice in the state of New York, USA (New York Bar).

Courses taught at the School of Law:
Contract law of RK;
Company law of RK;
Tort law of RK;
Introduction to the legal system of RK

E-mail: alimanov@kimep.kz

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Alina Davar

Master of Law (LL.M) in International Business Law, KIMEP University, 2013, Diploma with honor (KIMEP Merit-Based Scholarship Awardee)


Alina Davar took an internship in the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan (The Senate Apparatus) in the Department of International Communication and International Cooperation in Astana. Alina worked as a research assistant at KIMEP University’s School of Law, was a committee member on selecting the KIMEP students for the Internship in the Parliament, a member of the KIMEP team on “Legal Clinic” creation and also a regular participant and the winner of the Kazakhstan’s UN Model.
Currently Alina Davar is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Law and Deputy Director of KIMEP Mentorship program.

Courses taught at the School of Law:
Contract law of RK;
Company law of RK;
Tort law of RK;
Introduction to the legal system of RK

E-mail: a.davar@kimep.kz

Gulnara Issakanova

Gulnara Isakanova

Assistant Professor, Legal Clinic Supervisor. Academic, Professional and Pre-diploma internships Supervisor.


Gulnara Kozhikenovna graduated from the law faculty of Karaganda State University in 1977. Previously worked in various spheres of jurisprudence: as a legal counsel, as a notary, as a Deputy Head of Administration of Justice of Almaty region.
Judge Emeritus. For more than 20 years worked in the legal system of Almaty city: Auezov and Almaly district courts, Almaty city court – in the Court Appeals Panel for Civil and Administrative Cases and in the Court Cassation Board. In 2020 was recognized as the best judge of Almaty city. Specialization: consideration of civil and criminal cases.

E-mail: gulkazh@mail.ru


Sultan Sakhariyev

LLM, Master of Laws, Cum Laude, 2017, KIMEP University, Senior Adjunct Lecturer


Sultan is a motivated qualified lawyer in Kazakhstan and International Law. He has worked for international consulting firms where he gained extensive experience in various areas of law and industry. Sultan currently occupies position of a Senior Associate in ALC Attorneys international law firm, and a Deputy Chairman, Member of the Board of Iustus Chamber of Legal Advisors. Sultan takes active participation in different initiatives associated with regulation of legal profession. Sultan also has successfully passed exam to advocacy bar. The sphere of Sultan’s academic interests includes anti-corruption law, human rights, and legal regulation of IT technologies and the Internet. 

Courses taught at the School of Law:

– Fundamentals of legal consulting;

– International human rights law;

– Property law;

– Legal research, reading and writing

– Labor law of the Republic of Kazakhstan;

– Advocacy in the Republic of Kazakhstan and professional ethics of a lawyer;

– Introduction to the legal system of the Republic of Kazakhstan;

– Company law of the Republic of Kazakhstan;

– Psychology for lawyers;

– Management for lawyers;

– Legal methods, skills and reasoning


E-mail:  s.sakhariyev@kimep.kz

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Ayan Zhibitayeva

Assistant Professor of Public and International Law PhD in Politics,…


Assistant Professor of Public and International Law
PhD in Politics, Human Rights and Sustainability from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy

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Gulzhan Altynbayeva

EDUCATION: 1992-1993      University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; LLM 1980-1984      Sverdlovsk…



1992-1993      University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; LLM
1980-1984      Sverdlovsk Law Institute; Diploma in Law
1977-1980      Chelyabinsk College of Law; Diploma


2014- current  JSC “KazTransCom”, Member of the Board of Directors;
1996-2012      Altynbayev Sisters LLP, Legal and Auditing Services, Managing Partner;
1993-1996      Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Associate, Head of Almaty Branch;
1989-1992      Kazak Polytechnic Institute, Faculty of Basics of Law; Professor-Assistant;
1984-1989      Chelyabinsk Region Public Prosecutor Office; Deputy Prosecutor of Magnitogorsk City;

LANGUAGES:        Russian– native, English– fluent; Kazak– basic