New Centre for English Language Learning (CELL) launched at the AIFC Court and IAC

A new Centre for English Language Learning (CELL) was launched at the AIFC Court and International Arbitration Centre (IAC) today. This Centre of De Montfort University Kazakhstan signifies an exciting new partnership between DMUK and the AIFC Court and IAC. The Centre will provide high quality English language support for the legal and financial sector, primarily focused on business English and ESP courses (English for law and English for finance) as well as IELTS preparation courses. The Centre will have its own dedicated English language trainer from the UK, and continuing the British theme, also partners with the British Council to provide English language assessment services, including IELTS and Aptis.

This initiative and partnership demonstrate the important contribution of UK education institutions in supporting the AIFC Court and IAC to ensure the highest quality international standards in law, business, and finance.

The AIFC Court and IAC commenced operations on 1 January 2018 and have successfully resolved 1099 commercial disputes involving businesses and investors from 20 countries including from Russia and the wider Eurasia region, India, China, the UK, and the EU. Within the first six months of 2022 the AIFC Court and IAC resolved 152 cases. In this time the AIFC Court resolved more cases than the total number of cases it had resolved in 2021. The AIFC Court and IAC continue to manage considerable case load.

The disputes involved a wide range of commercial and investment related matters, including finance, construction, sales and services contracts, and employment. All Court judgments and arbitration awards have been enforced within the Republic of Kazakhstan to 100% satisfaction of the parties using the AIFC Court’s special step by step enforcement procedure that operates directly between the AIFC Court and the enforcement authorities without involvement of the national courts.

International recognition has been achieved by the agreement of the AIFC Court and IAC to cooperation agreements with more than 40 international dispute resolution partners. The AIFC Court and IAC have been included in the dispute resolution clauses of more than 6000 business contracts by Tengizchevroil, Chevron, NCOC, Shell, and many other corporations, with contract values in excess of US $2 billion. They have become the most trusted international standard institutions for commercial dispute resolution in Eurasia.

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