AIFC Law Conference July 3, 2019

The AIFC Law Conference took place on 3 July 2019 in Nur-Sultan under the umbrella of Astana Finance Days.

The AIFC Law Conference was dedicated to the AIFC Jurisdiction and its further steps to development. Representatives of leading international law firms such as Baker & McKenzie, White & Case, Norton Rose Fulbright, Curtis Mallet-Prevost, embassies, universities, professors and lawyers gathered here, in Nur-Sultan.

The guests had a privilege to hear some insightful presentations and discussions from the reputable international speakers, amongst which are highly acclaimed authors, well-respected international chief justices, judges and legal experts such as: the Rt Hon. The Lord Woolf CH (Chief Justice of the AIFC Court), Barbara Dohmann QC (Chairman of the AIFC International Arbitration Centre) and Michael Blair QC (Chairman of the AIFC Legal Advisory Council).

The speakers discussed important updates on the AIFC Law and explained the features of legal profession in the AIFC. They also considered the practical aspects on the application of the AIFC Law and the possibility of implementation of maritime and transport initiatives within the AIFC.

A special attention was given to the AIFC Court, which operates on the principles of the law of England and Wales. The discussion covered the AIFC Court as a convergence of the common law and the civil law. The speakers emphasized the importance of an alternative dispute resolution at the IAC – a tool to the promotion of business relations in Eurasia and beyond.

During the Conference the Declaration on the AIFC Law Conference was adopted by acclamation. It was presented by one of the distinguished guests of the Conference, Mr Michael Blair QC, the Chairman of the AIFC Legal Advisory Council and Leading Counsel at 3 Verulam Buildings Barristers (United Kingdom).

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