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The book, which was edited and published by law professors from three universities in Kyrgyzstan, American University of Central Asia, Kyrgyz National University, and Kyrgyz State Academy of Law, was celebrated as the first such resource book to help modernize Kyrgyz legal education. It will be made available for free in Russian and in English to help support teachers, and allow students to gain access to the international materials, documents, and norms being taught and applied in European, U.S., and other advanced Asian countries. It can also serve as a major supplement to the Kyrgyz law curriculum, and a teaching and learning guide for the subjects of law, international relations, business, and other fields. Policy-makers, lawyers, and judges may also find the book helpful in analyzing key global issues and jurisprudence that affects Kyrgyzstan and other Central Asian Countries.
At the ceremony, honorary copies of the book in Russian and English, and a CD containing both editions, were presented to Ms. Asiya Sasykbaeva,Vice Speaker Parliament, Jogorku Kenesh, who is member of the Parliament’s Committee on Human Rights, Constitutional Legislation and State Governance, and former Head of “Interbilim Center”, a human rights and education organization. The Jogorku Kenesh has also requested copies of the book for the Speaker and for each Committee of Parliament. These will be provided as requested. At the event, honorary copies of the book in both languages were also presented to Mr. Christian Wright, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Embassy. In accepting the books on behalf of the Embassy and his office, which supported the publication of the book, Mr. Wright thanked the working group of professors and the Fulbright Alumni Association. He welcomed the publication and anticipation of the next steps to distribute the book and raise awareness among teachers of this new resource. During the ceremony, students who dedicated their time to assisting in the research and publication of the book were provided a Certificate of appreciation and acknowledgement for their dedication and contribution. At the close of the ceremony, the working group of professors from the three universities, AUCA’s Tian Shan Policy Center, and Fulbright Alumni Association of Kyrgyzstan identified the need to find resources in order to realize translation of the book into the Kyrgyz language and to facilitate additional trainings that members of the working group can undertake with teachers and students in other parts of Kyrgyzstan on using this new resource as a teaching supplement. They urged participants and donors to help collaborate on these next steps of activity.
Usefulness of the International Law Guide
As the issues society faces become more closely interlinked, global governance mechanisms and international law play an ever increasing role in domestic life. Scholars share a common understanding that the sources, even subjects, of international law are expanding as the world becomes interlinked and ever more globalized, and as domestic relations affect international relations. Those engaged in navigating this ever changing terrain or seeking to promote better international relations must continually keep current on the evolution of law created by new multilateral treaties, global regulatory bodies, and the jurisprudence of international tribunals. As experts, we never cease to be students of this evolutionary process. The Constitution of the Kyrgyz Republic is one of the most progressive in its recognition that “international treaties to which the Kyrgyz Republic is a party…and also the universally recognized principles and norms of international law shall be the constituent part of the legal system of the Kyrgyz Republic.”
The actors most influencing trends in international trade and investment priorities, economic development, and rules of equitable governance and human freedoms are more often intergovernmental bodies and non-state actors, such as businesses, trade associations, humanitarian and human rights agencies, and other civil society organizations. The implementation of new international practices and standards at the national level helps countries to strengthen their business relations, domestic investment, the rule of law, and understanding global foreign affairs.
This new book prepared especially for Kyrgyzstan seeks to capture both the foundational principles on which our international legal system depends, and normative frameworks representing future legal trends. The cases and materials were selected to provide a distinct focus on issues relevant to Kyrgyzstan and Central Asian countries. In this way, the book can be a useful resource to support university teachers and students in their studies related to international law, foreign affairs, business, and other fields.
Publication is made available in both Russian and English languages, andavailable for free on CD and web formats through a grant of the United States Embassy and Fulbright Alumni Association.
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