On 9 September 2019, the Rt. Hon. The Lord Woolf CH, Chief Justice of the AIFC Court, officially presented his book “A Vision of the AIFC Court” at a special launch at the AIFC Court to the legal and business communities in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. The book was edited by Mr. Christopher Campbell-Holt, Registrar and Chief Executive of the AIFC Court and International Arbitration Centre.
The book follows the successful launch of the AIFC Court in 2018 and portrays the significance of its creation as the first common law court in the Republic of Kazakhstan and Eurasia that is modelled on the principles and procedures of the courts of England and Wales to resolve commercial disputes. The book describes the establishment of the AIFC Court and describes its vision for the future as a leading commercial court that will contribute to the enhancement of Kazakhstan as an investment hub for Eurasia. The book is available in three languages: English, Kazakh and Russian.
It adopts a chronological approach and is divided into two parts. In Part 1 Lord Woolf considers the establishment of the AIFC Court following the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Elbasy’s initiative in 2015 to its official launch in 2018. In Part 2 he describes the AIFC Court’s international focus. The book also includes the AIFC Court Regulations 2017 and the AIFC Court Rules 2018 which provide the processes and procedures of the AIFC Court.
At the book launch Lord Woolf shared his vision of the AIFC Court and commented upon its achievements. All guests had an opportunity to receive a signed copy of the book.
Dr. Miras Daulenov, Provost of the M. Narikbayev KAZGUU University, commented:
“This book is a sequenced and lucid explanation of how the AIFC Court operates, what its jurisdiction is, and why it was established. “A Vision of the AIFC Court” is recommended to understand the Court, its authority, and mission.”
Mrs. Sofiya Zhylkaidarova, Managing Partner, Signum Law Firm, stated:
“The AIFC Court with its reputable and experienced judges is a fundamental step to raise Kazakhstan’s voice for justice and fairness, sustainable development, and integrity.”
This book is the first in a series of books the AIFC Court and IAC will publish in the coming years.