Doing legal business in Kazakhstan

The Republic of Kazakhstan is the world's largest landlocked country and the ninth largest country in the world.

The country has borders with Russia, China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan. Its population is around 18 million. The capital is Astana.

Kazakhstan was the last to declare independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Today, the country is a unitary republic. Its first and only president is Nursultan Nazarbayev.

On 30 November 2015, Kazakhstan became the 162nd member of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

Within the framework of the Accession Protocol of Members, Kazakhstan signed 17 binding agreements, and adopted amendments and made additions to some legislative acts in order to bring Kazakhstan legislation into conformity with the commitments undertaken.

Kazakhstan is an active participant in the NATO Partnership for Peace program. It’s also a member of the:

  • UN
  • Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
  • Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council
  • Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)

Practising in Kazakhstan

The legal profession in Kazakhstan is divided into:

  • legal consultants
  • advocates
  • commercial lawyers

There’s no requirement for foreign lawyers to register with a Kazakhstan bar association in order to practice as a foreign lawyer. However foreign lawyers cannot conduct litigation or advocacy work in the Kazakh courts.

The nationality requirement means that non-Kazakh citizens cannot requalifying as local advocates.

 

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