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Friday, September 25th, 2020



The Court of the Astana International Financial Centre and the International Arbitration Centre held the second annual Moot or mock trial competition in the new world-class AIFC Court Hearing Room in the confines of EXPO, Nur-Sultan, informs with reference to the AIFC.

The student teams representing five Kazakh leading universities took part in this competition, with the preliminary rounds held for the first time engaging law students from M.Narikbayev KAZGUU University, KIMEP University, L.N.Gumilyov Eurasian National University, Narxoz University, and Caspian University.

Two student teams made it through to the Moot final.

The competitors engaged in solving common law legal issues, making analyses and oral presentations of legal arguments before the two senior AIFC Court justices – Justice Sir Robin Jacob and Justice Sir Stephen Richards.

They were using the English language, an official language of the AIFC.

The students from KIMEP University managed to win the final and received the AIFC Court and IAC Moot Final Winners Cup. But, all participants of the competition were granted an opportunity to experience an internship at the AIFC Court and the IAC.

The Moot competition is a mock trial competition with students acting out court hearings to analyse legal problems, to study the relevant law, to prepare written submissions, and to present oral arguments before experienced practicing judges.

Our Moot competition is now in its second year. It plays an important part in our AIFC Court and IAC annual legal education programme, which we expanded this year to train more than three hundred Kazakh nationals in Nur-Sultan and Almaty. Since 2018, more than five hundred Kazakh nationals have been trained. We want to ensure that Kazakh lawyers and future lawyers have the highest international common law skills necessary to represent parties at the AIFC Court and the IAC. Our training is provided by our distinguished common law justices and by leading common law academics and law practitioners from the City of London, University of Cambridge, University College London, and the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution. We are delighted that this year we were able to expand our Moot competition to include five leading Kazakh universities and to broaden our engagement with future lawyers of Kazakhstan, Mr. Christopher Campbell-Holt, Registrar and Chief Executive at the AIFC Court and the IAC, said.

The AIFC Court and the IAC held the Moot Final under their legal education programme, which delivers the highest standards of common law court and alternative dispute resolution relating to training in an effort to meet the needs of lawyers and justices of Kazakhstan and Central Asia.

Source: Kazakhtan 2050