Bachelor in International Law

The Bachelor of International Law program provides a high-quality education in the legal regulation of the inter-State relations, of the private relations between natural persons and the legal entities, and of the business relations between partners representing different jurisdictions. This knowledge and acquired skills will allow graduates to become effective lawyers in public and private sectors: State organs, international inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations, private companies, and law and consultancy firms.

The Program Objectives of the Bachelor of International Law are:

  • To train students to take up positions that require legal knowledge in the areas of public and private international relations by developing professional competencies of:
    • applying international treaties and other sources of international law, national laws and other normative legal acts in a variety of areas;
    • drafting legal documents, including treaties, laws, statutes and regulations in both English and Russian;
    • communicating and negotiating with lawyers from other legal systems; and
    • representing clients in all legal fora and providing counsel.
  • To provide a foundation for future legal scholars to pursue graduate studies in law, particularly the development of legal research skills.
  • To foster students’ critical and analytical thinking and to expand their linguistic, technical, research and communication skills.
  • To instill a sense of professional ethics that will allow them to resolve professional ethical dilemmas.

Intended learning outcomes for the Bachelor of International Law program are that the student is able to:

  • Assess legal issues in terms of public and private international law by producing memoranda, notes and other analytical documents;
  • Apply rules of public and private international law, in conjunction with the domestic law of Kazakhstan, in drafting claims and other procedural documents;
  • Negotiate and litigate in favor of their clients, in domestic and international judicial and arbitral organs;
  • Generalize and apply international case law in the substantiation of legal positions;
  • Prognosticate trends in the development of public and private international law by means of the comparative legal method;
  • Express themselves clearly on topics of public and private international law in Kazakh, Russian and English, orally and in writing;
  • Correctly interpret and apply normative legal acts, and provide legal advice
  • Perform legal work individually and in a team


The School of Law offers students of other colleges two types of minor in law programs: 1) Minor in Law; and 2) Minor in International Law

To obtain Minor degree in International Law students need to earn 15 credits. 

Minor in International Law ECTS
LAW3311 Public International Law 3 5
LAW3312 Private International Law 3 5
Any three courses (9 credits) from the list below
LAW4502 Law of the WTO 3 5
LAW4503 Law of the European Union 3 5
LAW4504 International Human Rights Law 3 5
LAW4514 Law of International Treaties 3 5
LAW4515 International Criminal Law 3 5
LAW4520  Public International law (advanced) 3 5
LAW4523 International Institutional law / Law of International Organizations 3 5
LAW4524 International Conflict and Security Law 3 5
TOTAL  15 25



LAW3311 Public International Law (3 Credits)

Public international law is the system of law governing the international community, thus the aim of the course provides a framework to understand the normative dimensions of international relations. The course introduces students, through lectures, seminars and practical exercises, to the fundamental principles and doctrines of public international law as a meaningful tool for providing order to world politics and for minimizing global conflict. The course reflects the breadth and diversity of international law and covers all its main branches. The course builds upon the practice of international relations and institutions, developments in political economy, mass media, domestic and international legislation.

LAW3312 Private International Law (3 credits)

Private International Law is the study of private international law relationships from the point of view of the jurisdiction of domestic courts, the substantive law applicable to those relationships, as well as international cooperation between domestic courts of different jurisdictions. Students will learn about jurisdiction rules, conflict of law rules, and recognition of foreign judgments and international cooperation through the study of the domestic law and treaties of Kazakhstan. Ample used will be made from real life case studies, as well as hypothetical sets of facts to which the law has to be applied in order to find possible solutions. This course is very useful for all those students who wish to pursue a career in litigation.

LAW3040 Antimonopoly Law (3 credits)

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the structure and substance of the EU and Kazakh competition rules, with some comparative references to other systems, examining both the current legal framework and the underlying competition policy considerations that have informed their application and development. Moreover, this course will look at regulatory alternatives to competition law, which is the direct intervention of a Government in economic regulation.

LAW4502 Law of the WTO (3 credits)

The course explores the regulatory framework governing international trading relations. It begins with the economic theory of international trade and in particular the case for free trade, then examines the politics of trade policy and objections and sources of opposition to free trade. The following topics are examined: international economic institutions, the Bretton Woods System, the GATT/WTO, Preferential Trade Agreements, international regulation of tariffs, national tariff administration, the principles of nondiscrimination. This course will emphasize the role of developing and transition countries in global trade and the impact of the current regulatory framework on these countries.

LAW4503 Law of the European Union (3 credits)

Through lectures, seminars and practical exercises, this course studies the new constitutional order of the EU and covers the most important substantive areas of EU law such as Free Movement of Workers, The Right of Establishment, Freedom to Provide Services, and Free Movement of Capital. These core rights developed over decades through decisions of the ECJ, Community Regulations and Directives, and supplementary concepts such as free movement of goods and EU Citizenship. The course is closely related with the practice of international relations and law.

LAW4504 International Human Rights Law (3 credits)

This course is a basic introduction to International Human Rights law. Through lectures, seminars and practical exercises, the course will acquaint students with every significant aspect of this critical field including its history, theory, and practice. Beginning with a focus on the historical origins, philosophical foundations and the emergence of the concept of human rights, the course will go on to cover such topics as: the United Nations human rights system, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and United Nations Charter; the various generations of rights – including political, civil, economic, social and cultural rights – and remedies for human rights violations including the use of force and humanitarian intervention; major international and regional human rights conventions and other related legal instruments and organizations; and the mechanisms for the implementation human rights and the reporting of violations, including through the advocacy efforts of NGOs.

LAW4505 International Investment Law (3 credits)

This course deals with the international law applicable to the rights and obligations of foreign investors and States of the place where the foreign investment is made. The course will have two parts: substantive and procedural. The substantive part will study the rights and obligations of foreign investors and national States, as included in Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs), other international instruments, as well as in customary law and which protect the investment from unlawful State actions such as expropriation without appropriate compensation or unfair and inequitable treatment. The procedural part will deal with the different dispute resolution mechanisms between foreign investors and national States, focusing on arbitration under the Washington Convention of 1965 and the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).

LAW4506 International Commercial Law (3 credits)

This course provides an overview of key concepts of certain areas of the substantive law applicable to international trade transactions, especially to the international sale of commodities and other kind of goods, as well as ancillary contracts and transactions such as international payments, carriage, guarantees or insurance. Attention will also be paid to international engineering contracts and international loan agreements. This course is very useful for all those students who wish to pursue a career in international trade, logistics or international commercial litigation, as well as for those students who simply wish to learn how to draft legal documents with a view to avoiding complex future litigation. The main instruments of uniformity are examined, such as the UN Convention on the International Sale of Goods (CISG).

LAW4507 Law of Energy and Natural Resources (3 credits)

Acknowledging the importance of energy on a global scale, and particularly to the economic development of Kazakhstan, this course explores the agreements/contracts/treaties and negotiations between states (public) and multinationals (private) in the exploration, supply of, and investment in energy resources. The course examines the role of major players in energy resources including international organizations in the energy sector, such as OPEC, the OECD, the IEA, the UN, the EU as well as NGOs. Students are expected to be able to apply the law and principles to real case study questions, as well as to hypothetical sets of facts presented by the lecturer in each class. Ample use will be made from the jurisprudence and practice of foreign states.

LAW4514 Law of International Treaties (3 credits)

There is no area of international law that is not, to a lesser or higher extent, regulated by a treaty. This course offers a comprehensive overview of the foundations, principles and sources of the law of international treaties (LIT), clarifies the role of bilateral and multilateral treaties between states as well as treaties of international organizations, and explains the very notion of a “treaty”, together with the key role it plays in the system of international law. The main sources of treaty law such as the Vienna Conventions of 1969 (VCLT), 1978 and 1986 are considered and characterized. Key issues such as the treaty-making process, stages and the role played by domestic law, treaty parties, the relationship between treaties, customary international law and rules of jus cogens, as well as the role of the language in treaty-making are discussed.

LAW4515 International Criminal Law (3 credits)

After the Second World War, but especially since the 1990s – that is, after the establishment of the International Criminal Tribunals for the Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda – international criminal law (ICL) is gaining in significance. In conjunction with the key concepts of the law of international security, international humanitarian law and international human rights law, this course includes lectures, seminars and practical exercises, and covers the substantive issues of international criminal law and the fundamentals of international criminal procedure, including the operation of the International Criminal Court. The implementation of ICL in the CIS countries and selected common law and civil law jurisdictions is also covered. The course is closely related with the practice of international relations and law.

LAW4521 History of International Law (3 credits)

The course covers the development of international law, from antiquity to modern time. It presents international law as a cultural phenomenon common to the entire human civilization, intended to progressively install ideas of peace, cooperation, good faith and mutual respect among peoples and States. The major milestones in the development of international law are related to key events in the history of international relations, to show international law’s realistic nature and practicality. The course is closely related with the history of international relations.

LAW4522 Diplomatic and Consular Law (3 credits)

The course focuses, in a detailed fashion, on the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and other treaty-based and customary sources of international law dealing with the regulation of official bilateral or multilateral relations between States. Through lectures, seminars and practical exercises, the course covers the organization and functioning of permanent and temporary diplomatic missions, the legal status of diplomatic, administrative and technical, and service staff under international law, and the Republic of Kazakhstan’s legislation on diplomatic and consular service.

LAW4523 International Institutional Law/Law of International Organizations (3 credits)

The course deals with the nature of international organizations as secondary subjects of international law, and through lectures, seminars and practical exercises, provides an overview of the structure and functioning of the United Nations and organizations of the UN system, of other universal and regional international organizations. It also provides an overview of activities of international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The course is closely related with the practice of international relations and law.

LAW4524 International Conflict and Security Law (3 credits)

The course includes lectures, seminars and practical exercises and deals, on the one hand, with the prohibition of the use of force in international relations (Article 2(4) of the UN Charter) and lawful exceptions from this prohibition, and, on the other hand, with the international law of armed conflict (ILAC). In the first part, States’ inherent right to individual and collective self-defense, the UN collective security regime, peacekeeping and peace-enforcement, “humanitarian intervention”, the Responsibility to Protect, and other relevant legal regimes are dealt with. The second part of the course is devoted to the legal regulation of the conduct of hostilities and the protection of victims of international and non-international armed conflicts.

LAW4529 International Tax Law (3 credits)

The course focuses on the application of taxes and tax law in the international community as it relates to individuals, businesses and government agencies conducting cross-border commerce.

LAW4530 International Commercial Arbitration (3 credits)

This course deals with one of the most popular private dispute resolution mechanisms in international business transactions. It provides an overview of topics such as the jurisdiction and formation of arbitral tribunals, the procedural and substantive law applicable to arbitration proceedings and to the merits of the dispute, interim measures, challenges to the arbitration awards, and recognition of foreign awards. The emphasis will be on commercial arbitration under the UNCITRAL Model Law but with constant references to the most widely used arbitration rules and covering all aspects of the arbitration proceedings, from the drafting and enforcement of the arbitration agreement to the enforcement of the arbitration award. Students are expected to be able to apply the law and principles to real case study questions, as well as to hypothetical sets of facts presented by the lecturer in each class.

LAW4531 Moot Courting (3 credits)

The course is designed to give LLB students knowledge about moot courting, to provide methodology of further skills improvement and excellence in oral skills, writing, reading and critical thinking, to motivate their involvement in the moot court community in the university. The course boosts students’ skills in talking, writing, and thinking. It uses methodologies specifically designed to train advocates and moot courters. It also gives a chance to join one or more than 20 internationally known and respectable law competitions – a fantastic way to start one’s career in international law.

LAW4533 Eurasian Economic Union Law (3 credits)

This course introduces students to the substantive laws of the Eurasian Union, with comparative remarks to the European Union substantive law and references to the One Belt, One Road initiative. The course focuses on the following topics:  Eurasian Economic Union: history and institutions, trade regulation, competition, intellectual property, special regulatory regimes, ICTs and innovation, agriculture and energy, the EAUE, the EU and the OBOR.

LAW 4535 Comparative Law

In this course, students are introduced to comparative law as a method of legal enquiry. This course starts with an introduction to comparative law. Here, different methods and theories of comparative analysis will be analyzed. It follows a description of the main legal systems in the world and the reasons for their division in ‘legal families’. In particular, the course will focus on the common law tradition (distinguishing in particular the English model and the US model), the civil law tradition (with examples from the French, German, Italian, and Kazakh systems), and the Chinese system. The course explores, in a comparative fashion, the main legal traditions of the world. More specifically, it deals with the organization of power in the respective legal traditions, the sources of law and law-making techniques, the status and role of the judiciary, etc.

LAW4536 Introduction to Common Law

In international law and with the opening of the AIFC, the common law has become an important element of jurisprudence for any jurisdiction. This course will provide an introduction into this system of law. The primary focus may be on UK and US law in addition to examples from other common law jurisdictions.

Tuition & Fees

Scholarship opportunities

There are many opportunities for merit-based scholarships for Kazakhstani and international students.
While studying at KIMEP University, students may also apply for part-time positions available on the University campus.
Contact the Office of Financial Aid, if you would like to apply for scholarship.


Fred Mitchell Isaacs

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


Dr. Isaacs was born in Indianapolis, Indiana and grew up on the campus of Purdue University. He served in the Army (special branch of Military Intelligence) before going to university. His undergraduate degree (BA summa cum laude) is in History, with minors in English, Latin and French. He was a commercial litigation associate in two large law firms, a federal judicial law clerk to one district and three appellate court judges, and spent 18 years as a business law professor before moving to Kazakhstan. 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. Sayapin teaches and researches in the areas of international and criminal law, and is among Central Asia’s leading experts on international conflict and security law. In 2000 – 2014, he worked in the Communication Department at the Regional Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Central Asia. He is the author, co-author and co-editor of nine books and about fifty book chapters and academic articles on the legal regulation of the use of force, international criminal law, humanitarian action, and legal pedagogy. Dr. Sayapin regularly advises the ICRC, UNODC and Central Asian States’ authorities on international law issues, and appears in national and international mass media. In 2019, he contributed to the revised edition of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Uzbekistan, and an entry about him was included in the third volume of the Ukrainian Encyclopedia of International Law. Dr. Sayapin is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Central Asian Yearbook of International and Comparative Law, and the sub-editor for Central Asia of the Brill Encyclopedia of International Law in Asia.

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

Claudio Lombardi (4)

Claudio Lombardi

Assistant – Professor, PhD, Research Director of the School of Law


Claudio is an assistant professor at KIMEP University, School of Law and visiting fellow at the CELS centre, University of Cambridge, Faculty of Law. He specializes in competition law and policy, international trade law, innovation, and comparative contract law.

After obtaining his Doctorate in European and Comparative law at the University of Trento, with a thesis in competition law, and a master in International Commercial law at the Kings College, University of Aberdeen, he has worked for the University College London (UCL), the Max Planck Institute (Hamburg), the Trinity College Dublin, Faculty of Law, the Higher School of Economics, and the International University College of Turin. In the summer of 2018, he was Visiting Professor at the Trinity College Dublin, Faculty of Law.

He has been involved in several projects dealing with trade and competition law, advising and writing reports for European Institutions and governmental authorities – including the antitrust authorities of the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and the Eurasian Economic Commission – and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Claudio is also a qualified lawyer in Italy.

Courses taught at the School of Law:
– Law of the WTO / International trade law;
– Antitrust law / Antimonopoly law;
– Global competition law;
– Comparative contract law;
– Eurasian Economic Union law

E-mail: clombardi@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

Alina Davar 2

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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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