Isa Imanbaev

International and Business Law '06

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it”


Isa is a graduate student at the Law School of Cornell University in the United States. Before Cornell, Isa received his LL.M in Corporate Law from Erasmus University in Rotterdam having graduated in top 6. He is a member of the LL.M Association Executive Board at Cornell and has been serving as an arbitrator at the International Court of Arbitrators in Kyrgyzstan. Having already done so much Isa has graduated from AUCA’s International and Business Law Department only in 2006.


While at AUCA, Isa focused on Civic Law. When asked about AUCA, he stresses how important was the high quality of education that he received there. “AUCA provided me with a high-level legal education that has allowed me to practice law in one of the most prominent law firms in Kyrgyzstan,” says Isa.


After his graduation, Isa clearly knew that he would go on to obtain his masters degree abroad. “I have decided to continue my education, because I realized the need for an international education in order to be able to help my country. I believe that individuals should always welcome further education and be able to build upon the foundations that they have already built” explains Isa his motivation to continue education abroad.


After AUCA, Isa went on to receive his Master of Law (Legum Magister) from Erasmus University in Rotterdam. Once he completed his master’s, Isa returned home where he worked at the Grata Law Firm as a Senior Lawyer for Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan Offices and also lectured on Private International Law at AUCA. “I have had the chance to study in several fine foreign academic institutions. Not arguing against the criticism towards the education system back home in the Kyrgyz Republic, I still would like to highlight the deep academic knowledge that AUCA provided me with. I am strongly convinced that the personal motivation of a student and drive is one of the main elements of successful education.”


On the personal side Isa is very modest. “It is rather difficult to describe yourself. One might feel a personal connection or relate to a much wider range of characteristics than he or she objectively does. An issue of impartiality complicates such self-evaluations even more and I am of the opinion that the most accurate description should be made by those close to you, namely your family, friends and colleagues. I recall being referred to as modest. I believe that modesty in tolerance to the wrong of the world should be welcomed. In addition, I regard integrity and dedication as important qualities. Constantly striving for improvement and development should be an integral part of everyone’s lives, no matter who they are”.


Having been to many fascinating places around the world, Isa finds the natural beauty of Kyrgyzstan to be the most mesmerizing of all. To him the natural wonders of his home country are linked to his emotions and a deep feeling of personal connection. “I consider myself a lucky person as I have had the chance to visit many captivating and beautiful places such as Montmartre, Hamlet’s Castle, and Niagara Falls. However, nothing can compare to the scenes and natural beauty of Kyrgyzstan. One of the most beautiful scenes would be observing at sunset the surface of the Issyk-Kul Lake from the massive old stone on top of the mountain in the village, where I spent almost every summer of my childhood. It is more than just the scene that you see, it is about the associations, emotions that accompany it; another beautiful place for me is a bench by the children’s sandpit in my courtyard”.


In addition to his academic and professional careers, Isa underlines the vital importance of family and friends. In his own words his every achievement would not have been possible without the support of his family and friends. “I try my best to be a good son, grandson, brother, relative and friend. I feel privileged to be able to observe and try to absorb the wisdom and experience of the elder generations that I am blessed to have in my life. I am thankful to my family for the opportunities they endow to me every day.”

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