United Nations Development Program in Uzbekistan
Training on international commercial arbitration for Tashkent State University of Law.

On 9-11 December 2019, the Tashkent State University of Law (TSUL) in cooperation with the ‘Rule of Law Partnership in Uzbekistan’ project of the Supreme Court of Uzbekistan, and United Nations Development Program hosted a training on international commercial arbitration.

The main goal of the training was to strengthen the capacities and competencies of TSUL students and teaching staff in participating in international commercial arbitration, preparing arbitration documents, engaging in arbitration hearings, and through all these means, enhancing their abilities to execute international contracts.

One major concern addressed in the 2017-2021 national development strategy was the need to strengthen Uzbekistan’s image on the international level. This desire was reflected in the 2018 Resolution of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan ‘On Measures to Further Improve the Ranking of the Republic of Uzbekistan in the annual Doing Business report of the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation’.

As Uzbekistan opens itself up further to international business, it will naturally require additional trained legal professionals who will have the necessary skills to engage with staff overseas and ensure conflicts are resolved quickly and effectively. Accordingly, the Rule of Law project is hosting training for national TSUL students.

After taking part in this training, it is expected that the attending students and teachers will have expanded their abilities within the field of arbitration law. During the training they developed a better understanding of the nature of arbitration, gained the ability to develop arbitration clauses and include them in relevant contracts, and learned about the process of creating arbitration courts and forming arbiter panels.

The attending students and teachers also learned how to apply to international arbitration courts, work with arbitration trial evidence, cooperate with parties, witnesses and other participants in arbitration proceedings, understand the procedures for organizing and conducting arbitration trials, and compose and execute arbitration decisions.

The training included international experts Galina Zukova, Roman Zykov, Vladimir Khvalei and Aleksandra Shmarko from the Russian Arbitration Association.