The S. Zimanov Academy of Legal and Economic Sciences (formerly the S. Zimanov Academy of Fundamental and Applied Sciences) was established in 2010 by the decision of the Board of Directors of KAZGUU University. Read more about its history here. Since October 2020, the activities of the Academy have been transferred to permanent scientific schools.
Contribute to society by conducting legal and economic research aimed at countering modern challenges in Central Asia.
To lead the top research institutes in Kazakhstan in Law and Economics, ensuring continuous contribution to the development of science in Kazakhstan.
Structure of scientific schools
Founded in September 2020, we are the only dedicated Political Economy Research Centre (PERC) in Kazakhstan and Central Asia. PERC operates within the Higher School of Economics of the M. Narikbayev KazGUU University with the aim of promoting scientific research in the field of political economy, economics, sociology and public policy, and contributing to progressive socio-economic development of Kazakhstan and the Eurasian region.
We recognise that politics and economics are inextricably linked and constitute unified dimension. To properly understand socio-economic and political processes and reality it is critical to explore economic context in which political institutions and actors operate. Similarly, valid and sound economic analysis requires investigating how resources are allocated and distributed and what historical context, political institutions and traditions that impact these allocation and distribution are. In the Eurasian region marked by common history, economic and political uncertainty, ecological insecurity and potential conflicts, the need for multifaceted approach to understanding the links between political and economic processes has never been greater.
PERC aims to formulate progressive policy and support for progressive movements by promoting critical political economy and through developing heterodox alternatives to economic orthodoxy. PERC stance is based on critical understanding of the contemporary capitalism, addressing the nature of neoliberal governance dominating in the countries of the Eurasian region and offering alternatives from within political economy. Our intellectual content and direction are guided by critical understanding of mainstream economics but as a pluralistic forum we welcome interdisciplinary and multidimensional approach to exploring social reality.
We are keen to constructively engage with academic and research institutions and governmental agencies on various theoretical, empirical and practical issues. We seek to advance the understanding of political economy and economics across a broad range of academic disciplines. We especially support research on and intellectual exploration about Kazakhstan, Eurasian region and former Soviet republics at many levels and seek to promote scientific and academic cooperation among scholars and organisations interested in the region. PERC is dedicated to the highest standards in research and teaching with the goal to promote general knowledge of and public interest in Kazakhstan and the Eurasian region.
Head: Акижанов К.Б., PhD, Associate Professor, Higher School of Economics, KazGUU
Head of the center- PhD, Associate professor, AslanTanekenov
The primary purpose of the Center for Sociological Research of KAZGUU is to organize and conduct fundamen-tal and applied scientific research on current social processes and the development of civil society in Kazakhstan.
The Center carries out its activities in the following main areas:
– expert assessment of the social impact of ongoing projects of the non-profit sector, social enterprises and pro-grams of social orientation of state structures;
– research and development in the field of state support for public initiatives and civil society institutions;
– fundamental and applied research, as well as participation in the implementation of measures to improve the system and mechanisms of functioning of public structures and civil society institutions;
– coordination of the work of the expert community in certain thematic areas of the Center’s activities; holding conferences, seminars, discussions, as well as maintaining and expanding specialized scientific relations;
– provision of methodological, expert and consulting services to external customers on a contractual basis;
– providing a resource base for student and master’s internships in the following specialties: “Sociology”, “Inter-national relations”, “Economics and Marketing”.
Head: Doctor of Law, Professor Roman Melnik
The main directions of scientific research:
– administrative and procedural support of the activities of the administrative bodies of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
– administrative procedure law (administrative justice);
– problems of the systematics of administrative law;
– administrative and legal support for the implementation and protection of citizens ‘ rights;
– methods of resolving administrative and legal disputes.
Within the framework of the School’s activities, work is underway to prepare new educational literature on administrative law and administrative justice. Now, textbooks are being prepared for publication: General Administrative Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan and Administrative Procedure Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The Scientific School takes an active part in establishing a dialogue between representatives of science and practice, including from other countries. Thus, the School, with the support of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Supreme Court of Ukraine, organized and conducted a series of seminars for judges of the Republic of Kazakhstan on administrative justice issues. It is planned to hold similar events in the future. The school has made itself known at international scientific and practical conferences and seminars, in particular: II Eurasian Forum on Human Rights “Human Rights and the judiciary of modern Kazakhstan: problems, trends and prospects”, December 10, 2020 Nur-Sultan; International Scientific and practical online Conference “Culture, Education and Science in the system of constitutional rights and freedoms”, December 7-8, 2020 Tashkent. To conduct joint scientific and practical events and to reach the international level, the School has established partnerships with: the Academy of Administrative and Legal Sciences (Kiev, Ukraine); the Association of Specialists in the Field of Administrative Law (Kharkiv, Ukraine), the Center for Public Law Studies of the Republic of Uzbekistan (Tashkent), the Institute of Public Law (Gjotingen, Germany). One of the central tasks of the School is to find and educate talented young people interested in a scientific and teaching career. In this regard, the School plans to hold scientific competitions and other events aimed at achieving this goal.
Issues of corporate law are currently relevant. There are many practical problems associated with the development of corporate documents and the resolution of corporate disputes. This is due to the activation of entrepreneurial activity, the interests of investors. The Center of Corporate Law is aimed at studying the actual problems that arise during the creation and operation of organizations, when participants (shareholders) exercise their rights, when officials of organizations perform their duties to act in the interests of organizations, when protecting the rights of participants (shareholders) and creditors of organizations. As a result of the research, specific proposals are made to make changes and additions to the legislation, to improve law enforcement practice.
Head of the Center: PhD, A. Kaldybaev
The Antenna for the Hague Conference on Private International LawHCCH Matters in Central Asia (hereinafter referred to as the Antenna) is a structural unit of M. S. Narikbayev KAZGUU University (hereinafter referred to as the University) aimed at disseminatingion of information on the activities of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (hereinafter referred to as HCCH).
Upon agreement with the Permanent Bureau of HCCH, Tthe Antenna’s mandate extends [mainly ] / [in particular] to the Sstates of Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) and Mongolia.
The Antenna operates under the legislation and international treaties of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the University’s internal rules, the Cooperation Agreement between the University and HCCH of 14 November 14, 2019, and the present Charter. In relations with foreign organiszationsorganizations and Sstate bodies, the Antenna complies with the laws of the respective states.
The Antenna has the right to receive from organization sorganizations and State bodies within its of the area of responsibility any information necessary for the performance of its functions in accordance with within the limits established by the laws of the respective States Republic of Kazakhstan;
The Antenna has the right to request funding from the University for the performance of its functions, as well as to seek funding from external sources within the limits established by the laws of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
The School of Philosophy of Law, Theory and History of Law and State conducts research on topical issues of philosophy of law, history of legal and political thought, theory of state and law. In recent years, the main attention is paid to the study of the deep, fundamental trends in the evolution of the modern state and law, the patterns of formation of a strong legal, high-tech and space state, the rule of law, as well as the evolution of the modern legal and political system, the development of legal policy and constitutional legislation.
The leader of the school and the head of research in these areas is Doctor of Law, Professor S. F. Udartsev.
the main directions of the development of these scientific schools are:
research of theoretical and practical problems of criminal legislation and criminal law, particularly problems of responsibility for corruption, economic crimes, military crimes, environmental crimes, crimes against the person, against the property.
– scientific support of the ongoing reform in the criminal law sphere to humanize its contradictions, improve the criminal legislation and overcome it.
– research of trends in modern criminal policy and development of ways to optimize it;
Head: Doctor of Law, Professor Kogamov Marat Shekishuly
Head: Doctor of Law, Professor Roman Melnik
– conducting comparative legal research in the field of private and public law;
– organization and holding of German-Kazakh scientific and educational events;
– Administration of the double degree program with the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg;
– promotion of German language learning;
– informing interested parties about German educational and scientific programs;
– promotion of cultural exchange between Germany and Kazakhstan.
Under the second strategic goal of the University, KAZGUU ensures innovation research activity. This is supported by various activities. One of them is the School of International Law. The strategic goal of the School is to become the main research center in International Law in Kazakhstan.
The main goals of the School are: to conduct research seminars; to provide expert analysis; and to organize academic events in the spheres of international security, human rights, and international trade and economy.
Staff of the School:
• PhD, Assistant Professor Abay Abylaiuly. Head of School. Research interests: Public International Law, Regulation of Cyberspace, Comparative Law, International Competition Law.
• PhD Olga Lozovaya. Research interests: Public International Law, International Criminal Law.
• PhD, Assistant Professor Zhyldyz Tegizbekova. Research interests: Public International Law, Human Rights, International Transport Law.
• PhD, Assistant Professor Tatiyana Chokhovich. Research interests: Public International Law, Diplomatic and Consular Law, Readability of Law.
• PhD fellow Yevgeniya Oralova. Research interests: Public International Law, Law of Treaties, Space Law.
• PhD fellow Malika Tastanova. Coordinator of the School. Research interests: Public International Law, Human Rights.
• PhD fellow Dana Muklhamedzhaniva. Research interests: International Data Protection.
• PhD fellow Liliya Ispenbotova. Research interests: International Trade and Commercial Law.
• PhD fellow Aizhan Nigmetova. Research interests: Public International Law, International Legal Responsibility.
• Senior lecturer Alberto Pecoraro. Research interests: Public International Law, International Investment Law.
• Senior lecturer Uliyana Ramazanova. Research interests: Public International Law, International Trade Law.
• Senior lecturer Uali Maral. Research interests: International Trade Law.
• PhD students Kuzhatov Bagdat, Abirbek Sauryk, Aben Abylaikhan, Alikhan Hassanay, Daulet Akylov.
Activities of the School:
1. Perfomance Workshop “Some Implications of Neoliberal Economic Model to Competition Law in Kazakhstan”. 30.10.2020. KAZGUU, Coworking Zone.
2. KAZGUU Law School Showcase. Research Seminars for postgraduate students. 26.12.20, KAZGUU, Winter Garden.
The aim is the formation of a scientific school of labor and social law, the continuity of scientific knowledge and methodology.
– conducting fundamental and applied research on topical issues of labor and social law;
– development of recommendations for improving labor and social legislation;
– ensuring the continuity of scientific research within the framework of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral studies;
– participation in discussion expert platforms on labor and social law;
– preparation of scientific papers and publication of research results in Kazakhstani and foreign publica-tions.
The head of the Center is Khasenov Muslim Khanatovich, assistant professor of M.S. Narikbaev KAZGUU University. Khasenov M.Kh. is an external collaborator to the International Labor Organization (Ge-neva, Switzerland), a member of the Club of Young Experts under the Senate of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan, an expert of the Eurasian Human Rights Center, performed consulting and expert services com-missioned by the World Bank, the UN, the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Population of the Republic of Kazakhstan (MLSPP) , The Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Nur Otan party, etc.
The head of the Center has published over 90 scientific papers, including over 50 publications on labor law. Dissertation topic: “Legal mechanism of social partnership in the world of work: problems of theory and practice” (2016, Gumilyov Eurasian National University). Co-authorship of the monograph “Labor Law and In-dustrial Relations in Kazakhstan” (Wolters Kluwer, Netherlands, 2017), the textbook “Eurasian Labor Law” (publishing house “Prospekt”, Russia, 2017), the monograph “Trade Unions: Theory and Practice” (Nur- Sultan, 2018). Laureate of the State Youth Prize of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan “Daryn” in the “Sci-ence” nomination (2018), Prize of the Foundation of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan “Best Young Lawyer-2018” in the nomination “Contribution to Legal Science”, winner of the international scholarship of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (Germany).
The Center includes doctoral students and undergraduates of M.S. Narikbaev KAZGUU University, who conduct research on labor and social law. The Center coordinates the work of the priority scientific direction of the University “New model for the resolution of labor disputes.”
Zhurunova Mereke Konyskhanovna, Master of Laws, PhD-doctoral student, Senior Lecturer of the De-partment of Private Law, M.S. Narikbaev KAZGUU University, has over 40 scientific publications, 15 years of scientific and pedagogical experience. Doctoral dissertation topic: The right to work in the EAEU.
Akhmetov Damir, undergraduate student of M.S. Narikbaev KAZGUU University. Master’s thesis topic: Compensation in the application of mixed liability of the employee and employers in case of accidents.
Eshchanova Saltanat, Master’s student of the M.S. Narikbaev KAZGUU University. Master’s thesis topic: Formation of a system for protecting workers’ rights from discrimination in labor relations.
Murzabekova Asemgul, undergraduate student of M.S. Narikbaev KAZGUU University. Master’s thesis topic: Mechanism for resolving labor disputes with the participation of civil servants.
Ruslan Bukenov, undergraduate student of M.S. Narikbaev KAZGUU University. Topic of master’s the-sis: Mechanism for resolving labor disputes in the field of physical culture and sports.
Alpysbay Roza, undergraduate student of .S. Narikbaev KAZGUU University. Master’s thesis topic: Model for the resolution of labor disputes in conditions of quarantine and emergency situations.
Khasenov Khusain, undergraduate student of the .S. Narikbaev KAZGUU University. Master’s thesis: A new model for resolving collective labor disputes.
Baykenova Gaukhar, undergraduate student of .S. Narikbaev KAZGUU University. Master’s thesis topic: Model of Dispute Resolution on Pay and Compensation Issues.
Research activities of the Center
The head of the Center collaborates with well-known legal scholars, educational and scientific institutions of Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Germany.
Together with O.E. Kutafin Moscow State University conducts a scientific research on the topic “The concept of improving labor legislation in the states of the Eurasian Economic Union, taking into account inter-national labor standards” (since 2019).
December 4, 2020 took part in the international seminar “Ensuring workers’ rights in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic: national experience and international labor standards” (Minsk, Belarus) with a report on the experience of Kazakhstan https://ctp.mitso.by/?q=news/sostoyalsya-mezhdunarodnyi-seminar-obespechenie-prav-trudyashchikhsya-v-usloviyakh-pandemii-covid-19
The head of the Center prepared a roadmap on the decision of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women dated July 13, 2015 (communication No. 45/2012), related to sexual harassment in the world of work: https://kkassiyet.wordpress.com/2020/12/07/khasenov_muslim_interview2020/
The Center has prepared a legal opinion on the procedure for joining the collective agreement https://online.zakon.kz/Document/?doc_id=36987929&fbclid=IwAR0PB-ZOBp_oloYcgbFpPhASpSoTREVO9GCdiIuDY0KHbIz8MswKMME2W7o
The head of the Center acted as an official reviewer for the defense of doctoral dissertation Razieva D.B. on the topic “Theoretical and practical aspects of improving the institution of labor law responsibility” http://www.kazguiu.edu.kz/ru/%d0%bc%d0%b0%d1%82%d0%b5%d1%80%d0%b8%d0%b0%d0%bb%d1%8b-%d0%b7%d0%b0%d1%89%d0%b8%d1%82%d1%8b/%d1%80%d0%b0%d0%b7%d0%b8%d0%b5%d0%b2%d0%b0-%d0%b4-%d0%b1/
Participation of the Center in legislative work
The head of the Center participates in working groups on the following draft laws:
– draft Social Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
– Draft Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan “On Amendments and Additions to Certain Legislative Acts on Social Entrepreneurship”;
– the draft Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan “On Amendments and Additions to the Labor Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Improving the Legal Regulation of Remote Work”
– the draft Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan “On Amendments and Additions to the Labor Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Volunteer Activities and Charity”
Educational and educational activities of the Center
The Center has prepared a video explanation on the procedure for joining the collective agreement https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPfO3ePJja4&feature=youtu.be
The head of the Center conducts regular seminars for journalists on the legal regulation of information:
– On October 1, 2020, a seminar was held for journalists on the topic “Everything you need to know about information: legal aspects. Legal journalism” https://bilimdinews.kz/?p=121599
– On November 12, 2020, a seminar for journalists was held on the topic “How to protect themselves for journalists in the field of information” https://vechastana.kz/pravovoj-vseobuch-dlya-zhurnalistov/
– On December 11, 2020, a seminar was held for journalists on the topic “Censorship and ways to resist it: how to avoid criminal, administrative prosecutions and lawsuits”.
A comment was given to the newspaper Karavan on the issue of agency labor (outstaffing) https://time.kz/articles/territory/2021/01/06/chuzhih-sotrudnikov-teper-ne-budet
On December 30, 2020, a comment was given to the TV channel in the analytical program Oshakbayev LIVE. “What to expect from 2021” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIPfqrEUZ9Q&t=668s
On December 10, 2020, a lecture was held on the topic “Women’s rights: protection against discriminati-on in the world of work” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILFAmyiLslw
On August 31, 2020, a master class was held on the topic “Formula of labor law and resolution of labor disputes. Lessons from judicial practice” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHke2CXlPh8&t=2074s
On April 12, 2020, a seminar was held for Petrocouncil within the framework of the HR forum on the topic “How to avoid risks and litigation: telecommuting, downtime, part-time work, staff or headcount reduc-tion”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTUaZzmou-Q&t=420s
On March 20, 2020, a comment was given to the Khabar TV channel on the issue of the operating mode in the context of a pandemic https://khabar.kz/ru/news/obshchestvo/item/122046-predpriyatiya-perevodyat-sotrudnikov-na-distantsionnuyu-rabotu-i-sokrashchayut-rabochij-den
Selected publications of the Head of the Center:
Social Code: Regulatory Limits https://ekonomist.kz/khassenov/soccodex-granicy-regulirovaniya/
Improving the regulatory framework of social partnership in the states of the Eurasian Economic Union, taking into account international labor standards. 2020, No. 1 (1), pp. 160-175: https://lexrussica.msal.ru/jour/article/view/1099
Labor law and social security in the EAEU states in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic: the experi-ence of Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia // Russian law: education, practice, science. 2020, no. 4. Pp. 13-33 https://cyberleninka.ru/article/n/trudovoe-pravo-i-sotsialnoe-obespechenie-v-gosudarstvah-eaes-v-usloviyah-pandemii-covid-19-opyt-belarusi-kazahstana-kyrgyzstana-i
Novelties of the labor legislation of Kazakhstan dated May 4, 2020 // Labor and Social Law, No. 2 (34) 2020. – p. 35-40 https://www.researchgate.net/publication/342877260_Novelly_trudovogo_zakonodatelstva_Kazahstana_ot_4_maa_2020_goda_Trudovoe_i_socialnoe_pravo_No2_34_2020
What is wrong with judicial practice in labor disputes? https://www.zakon.kz/5010181-chto-ne-tak-s-sudebnoy-praktikoy-po.html
Kazakhstan needs a National Labor Report https://www.zakon.kz/4994979-kazahstanu-nuzhen-natsionalnyy-doklad-o.html
Peculiarities of transferring workers to a remote mode of work, registration of downtime and the introduc-tion of part-time work in a state of emergency in Kazakhstan https://bestprofi.com/document/2386148909?0
The role of science in the development and improvement of social policy // Materials of the international scientific and practical conference “Science and Education-2019”. Nur-Sultan, 2019. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/342876936_Rol_nauki_v_razrabotke_i_soversenstvovanii_socialnoj_politiki
Implementation by the Republic of Kazakhstan of international legal norms in the field of collective labor relations // Collection of materials of the scientific and practical conference dedicated to the 70th anniversary of Doctor of Law, Professor M.A. Sarsembaev “The role and place of international law in solving modern global problems”, December 23, 2017, Astana, L.N. Gumilyov ENU. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/342876948_Implementacia_Respublikoj_Kazahstan_mezdunarodno-pravovyh_norm_v_sfere_kollektivnyh_trudovyh_otnosenij
Social partnership is the key to achieving a balance of interests of participants in labor relations // Collec-tion of reports of the round table “Social and labor relations in the countries of Central Asia: analysis and pro-spects.” – Astana: Federation of Trade Unions of the Republic of Kazakhstan, March 15, 2018 https://www.researchgate.net/publication/342876954_Socialnoe_partnerstvo_-_kluc_k_dostizeniu_balansa_interesov_ucastnikov_trudovyh_otnosenij
Convergence of continental and Anglo-Saxon law in the context of the principle of good faith and the resolution of labor disputes // Modern trends in the development of legal systems: theory and practice: materials of the round table. – Nur-Sultan: Academy of Justice, 2019 https://www.researchgate.net/publication/342876956_Konvergencia_kontinentalnogo_i_anglo-saksonskogo_prava_v_kontekste_principa_dobrosovestnosti_i_razresenia_trudovyh_sporov
The role of comparative legal and applied research in the development and improvement of labor legisla-tion of the Republic of Kazakhstan // Materials of the international scientific and practical conference “The role of legal research in increasing the effectiveness of legislation.” Astana: Institute of Legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan, 2017 https://www.researchgate.net/publication/342876965_Rol_sravnitelno-pra-vovyh_i_prikladnyh_issledovanij_v_razvitii_i_soversenstvovanii_trudovogo_zakonodatelstva_Respubliki_Kazahstan
On the creation of an effective mechanism for regulating social and labor relations in the Republic of Kaz-akhstan // Possibilities of legal support for the socio-economic development of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the well-being of its population within the framework of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU): proposals and recommendations: materials of the international scientific and practical conference dedicated to 90- anniversary of Doctor of Law, Professor K.A. Abzhanov, a prominent Soviet scientist in the field of labor law. Almaty: Al-Farabi KazNU, 2019 https://www.researchgate.net/publication/342877033_O_sozdanii_effektivnogo_mehanizma_regulirovania_socialno-trudovyh_otnosenij_v_Respublike_Kazahstan
Labor market competitiveness: international aspects and conclusions for Kazakhstan // Information and analytical journal KAZENERGY, No. 2 (93), 2019 https://www.researchgate.net/publication/342877042_Konkurentosposobnost_rynka_truda_mezdunarodnye_aspekty_i_vyvody_dla_Kazahstana_Informacionno-analiticeskij_zurnal_KAZENERGY_No2_93_2019
Legal regulation of the labor market in Kazakhstan: problems and solutions // Transformation of the eco-nomy of Kazakhstan: collection of articles. Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Astana: Printing House “Indigo Print”, 2019 https://www.researchgate.net/publication/342877749_Pravovoe_regulirovanie_rynka_truda_Kazahstana_problemy_i_resenia_Transformacia_ekonomiki_Kazahstana_sbornik_statej_Fond_imeni_Konrada_Adenauera_Astana_Tipografia_IndigoPrint_2019
Problems of the Republic of Kazakhstan’s implementation of international obligations to ensure the right to freedom of association in the field of labor relations // Bulletin of the Kazakhstan Association of International Law, No. 4 (40), 2017 https://www.researchgate.net/publication/342877049_Problemy_vypolnenia_Respublikoj_Kazahstan_mezdunarodnyh_obazatelstv_po_obespeceniu_prava_na_svobodu_obedinenij_v_sfere_trudovyh_otnosenij_Vestnik_Kazahstanskoj_associacii_mezdunarodnogo_prava_No4_40_2
On gaps and shortcomings of the labor legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan // Zanger, No. 6 (215), 2019 https://www.researchgate.net/publication/342877120_O_probelah_i_nedostatkah_trudovogo_zakonodatelstva_Respubliki_Kazahstan_Zanger_No6_215_2019