Legal Transformation, Global Comparisons and the Challenges Lying Ahead

Organized by

Westminster International University in Tashkent (WIUT)

March 15-16, 2021

Tashkent, Uzbekistan


March 15, 2021

13:00 – 14:00      Registration


14:00 – 14:30      Opening Session and Welcome Notes

Moderator and opening remarks: Bakhrom Mirkasimov, Rector, WIUT

  • Jovan Jekic, Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Trade of Uzbekistan on WTO Accession
  • Alim Ernazarov, Chairman of the Chamber of Advocates of the Republic of Uzbekistan
  • Lamiya Khudoyarova, Office of the Commissioner for Protection of Rights and Legitimate Interests of Entrepreneurs under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan


Keynote Speakers, Moderator: Akbar Ismanjanov, WIUT

14:30 – 15:00      Christopher Hartwell, Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), Switzerland, Bilateral Investment Treaties: Opportunities and Challenges for Uzbekistan

15:00 – 15:30      Ioannis Glinavos, University of Westminster, UK, Hagia Sophia at ICSID? The Limits of Sovereign Discretion


15:30 – 16:00      Group Photo and Coffee Break


Session 1, Investment Facilitation, Moderator: Saba Kareemi, WIUT

16:00 – 16:15      Firdavs Kabilov (Tethys, Uzbekistan) and Shukhrat Yunusov (Dentons, Uzbekistan), Emergence of Global Green Finance and Legal Implications for Uzbekistan

16:15 – 16:30      Islambek Rustambekov, Tashkent State University of Law, Uzbekistan, Recent and further developments in investment treaty (BIT) regulation and dispute resolution (prevention) in Uzbekistan

16:30 – 16:45      Musojon Rizoev, WIUT, Uzbekistan, Foreign Direct Investment Facilitation

16:45 – 17:00      Angshuman Hazarika, Indian Institute of Management, India, The Singapore Convention: A missed opportunity for Central Asia?

17:00 – 17:15      Rinat Ziyodillaev, Astound Commerce, Canada, Investment Promotion and Protection through State Policymaking: what are Options for Developing Countries beyond BITs and MITs


March 16, 2021

Keynote Speaker(s), Moderator(s): Kholidakhon Sabirova and Nilyufar Abdulatova, WIUT

14:00 – 14:30      Catherine Pedamon, University of Westminster, UK, The Impact of Covid-19 on the Performance of Commercial Contracts from a Comparative law Perspective


Session 2, International Trade and Investment, Moderator(s): Kholidakhon Sabirova and Nilyufar Abdulatova, WIUT

14:30 – 14:45      Saidaziz Alimov, Baker McKenzie, Kazakhstan, Introducing Certain International Contract Law Concepts to National Laws of CIS Countries

14:45 – 15:00      Khasan Saifutdinov, WIUT, Uzbekistan, The role of BIT in Facilitation in the Host Country in Comparison with Regional Trade and Investment Treaties

15:00 – 15:15      Ilkhom Azizov, Azizov & Partners Law Firm, Uzbekistan, On Measures for Supporting Foreign Debt Financing in Uzbekistan

15:15 – 15:30      Tamilla Tagieva, WIUT, Uzbekistan, The Role of Development Banks in "Crowding In" Private Investment in Developing Countries

15:30 – 15:45      Nargiza Kilichova, University of Regensburg, Germany, Development Assistance in Central Asia: Places and Spaces of Struggle?


15:45 – 16:15      Coffee Break


Session 2 (continued), International Trade and Investment, Moderator: Tamilla Tagieva, WIUT

16:15 – 16:30      Abduaziz Isakulov, Kinstellar, Uzbekistan, WTO, EAEU, BRI: Reframing Investment Treaty System of Uzbekistan & Clash of MITs

16:30 – 16:45      Nargizakhon Abdurakhmonova, Ministry of Investments and Foreign Trade, Uzbekistan, Correlation of International Trade Law and Private International Law

16:45 – 17:00      Surayyo Usmanova, University of World Economy and Diplomacy, Uzbekistan’s Accession to The World Trade Organization: Perspectives of Tourism Development

17:00 – 17:15      Akbar Ismanjanov, WIUT, Uzbekistan, Significance of Separation of Ownership and Control in Foreign Direct Investment in a Corporate Group


17:15 – 17:30      Closing remarks