LL.M Program

The LL.M in International law is a one-year degree program providing specialized knowledge of international law for legal and business practitioners engaged in cross-border legal transactions.

KIMEP University created the LL.M in International law recognizing the need for continuing legal education in the Kazakhstan market. The curriculum was developed to give students the opportunity to increase their level of practical skills while deepening their theoretical legal knowledge. Students acquire skills to read and interpret legal texts, critically examine the underlying policies of legal rules, and prepare written and oral arguments based upon correct reasoning. The curriculum weaves conventional courses generally found in LL.M courses around the world with those that deal with the particular legal regime of Kazakhstan that constitute a precondition for foreign direct investment.

  • The program is accredited by a European accrediting agency.
  • All teachers at the Law School have post-graduate degrees from foreign universities; knowledge of Kazakhstan, international and comparative law; and actively conduct research.
  • Evening and weekend classes that allow you to continue working while you study.
  • The program can be completed in one year.

Program Requirements

The following courses are required.

  Credits ECTS
Program Foundation Requirements 9 15
Program Foundation Electives 3 5
Program Specialization Requirements 4 7
Program Specialization Electives 12 20
Internship 2 3
Experimental research 4 7
Final Attestation 4 7
Total Required for Graduation 38 64

Program Foundation Requirements

Code Title of courses Credits ECTS
LAW5201 Legal Method, Skills and Reasoning (Professional English) 3 5
LAW5205 Private International Law 3 5
LAW5207 Psychology for Lawyers 2 3
LAW5208 Management for Lawyers 1 2
  TOTAL 9 15


Students who have graduated from a KIMEP undergraduate program may not take the following course and students who are without an undergraduate degree in law are required to take the following course:

LAW5709 Introduction to the Legal System of Kazakhstan

Students who graduated from KIMEP Bachelor of Jurisprudence Program or KIMEP Bachelor of International Law Program may transfer two out of the four following courses earned within their undergraduate curriculum:

LAW3303 Company Law of Kazakhstan
LAW4501 Commercial Litigation in Kazakhstan
LAW3301 Contract Law of Kazakhstan
LAW3302 Tort Law of Kazakhstan

Program Foundation Electives

Students must take one course from the list below:

Code Title of courses Credits ECTS
LAW5709 Introduction to the Legal System of Kazakhstan 3 5
LAW5807 Contract Law of Kazakhstan 3 5
LAW5808 Tort Law of Kazakhstan 3 5
  TOTAL 3 5

Program Specialization Requirements

LAW5203 Public International Law 3 5
LAW5209 Methodology of International Legal Research 1 2
  TOTAL 4 7

Program Specialization Electives

Twelve credits (4 courses) must be selected from the following courses:

Program Specialization Elective courses

Code Title of courses Credits ECTS
LAW5202 Methods of Legal Argument 3 5
LAW5204 International Commercial Law 3 5
LAW5206 International Commercial Arbitration 3 5
LAW5701 Company Law of Kazakhstan 3 5
LAW5702 Tax Law of Kazakhstan 3 5
LAW5703 Business Litigation Practicum 3 5
LAW5704 Law of Energy and Natural Resources 3 5
LAW5705 Intellectual Property Law 3 5
LAW5706 International Banking Law 3 5
LAW5707 International Commercial Arbitration Practicum 3 5
LAW5708 Administrative Law of Kazakhstan 3 5
LAW5711 Legal Traditions of the World 3 5
LAW5710 Eurasian Economic Union Law 3 5
LAW5801 Corporate Finance 3 5
LAW5802 International Taxation Law 3 5
LAW5803 International Investment Law 3 5
LAW5804 Mergers and Acquisitions 3 5
LAW5805 Constitutional Law of Kazakhstan 3 5
LAW5806 Commercial Litigation in Kazakhstan 3 5
LAW5809 Law of the WTO 3 5
LAW5810 International Anti-Corruption Law 3 5
LAW5811 Global Competition Law 3 5
LAW5299 Selected Graduate Topics in Law 3 5
  Total 12 20

Other requirements:

Internship    Credits ECTS Prerequisites
LAW5922 Internship 2 3 Completion of at least 15 credits
  Total 2 3  


Research                                                                                                  Prerequisites

LAW5989 Experimental Research including Master Thesis 4 7 Completion of at least 15 credits
  Total 4 7  

Final Attestation  

LAW5992 Comprehensive Master’s Exam 1 2 Completion of all program requirement, electives and Internship
LAW5991 Thesis Defense 3 5 LAW5989; LAW5992
  Total 4 7  

Students shall be guided by the Thesis Guidelines of the School of Law in writing and defending their theses.

Students shall take LAW5992 Comprehensive Master’s Exam and LAW5991 Thesis Defense before graduation. LAW5992 Comprehensive Master’s Exam may be taken after all course credits have been earned; it will be based on Public International Law and Private International Law courses.


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


Rustam Atadjanov

Assistant Professor of Public and International Law
Dr. jur., University of Hamburg


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.

E-mail: r.atadjanov@kimep.kz

Andrey Kozik (1)

Andrey L. Kozik, Ph.D.

Ph.D. in International Law, DipPFM
Associate Professor, School of Law


Prof. Andrey L. Kozik specializes in the legal regulation of IT. He is a member of influential study and expert groups. He has over 50 publications on digital economy, fintech, autonomous weapons, cyber attacks, cyber espionage and security. His most recent book (co-authored with a group of international experts) – the Tallinn Manual 2.0 (CUP, 2017) is among the most cited. In 2017, as a researcher, he influenced the “Digital Russia Roadmap” (adopted by Russian Prime Minister), Belarus National Bank Fintech development strategy, Hi-Tech Park Presidential decree in Belarus.

E-mail: a.kozik@kimep.kz

Claudio Lombardi (4)

Claudio Lombardi, Ph. D.

Assistant Professor, 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.

E-mail: clombardi@kimep.kz

Federico Dalpane (1)

Federico Dalpane, Ph. D.

Assistant Professor, School of Law


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.

E-mail: dalpane@kimep.kz


Maria Baideldinova, Ph. D.

Assistant Professor, School of Law


E-mail: maria@kimep.kz


Nicolas Zambrana-Tevar, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, School of Law


E-mail: n.zambrana@kimep.kz

Sergey Sayapin (1)

Sergey Sayapin, Dr. iur.

Associate Professor of International and Criminal Law, Director of the LLB in International Law Programme, School of Law


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.

E-mail: s.sayapin@kimep.kz

Zhanat Alimanov (1)

Zhanat Alimanov

LL.M., Assistant Professor


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).

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 School of Law, KIMEP University.

E-mail: a.davar@kimep.kz

Gulnara Issakanova

Gulnara Isakanova

(Русский) AssistanT Professor, Legal Clinic Professional Internship Supervisor.


Education: higher. Law Faculty of Karagandy State University, 1972-1977.

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