Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Visiting Ph.D. Candidates from Kazakhstan

This fall, we welcomed Aigerim Ozenbayeva and Daniya Nurmukhankyzy to the Law School. Aigerim and Daniya are Ph.D. in Law Candidates at Zhetysu State University named after I. Zhansugurov in Taldykorgan, Kazakhstan.

Daniya and Aigerim have been awarded a government scholarship to do research for their dissertations in the U.S., for a little over one month. Professor Christopher Kelley serves as their foreign adviser. They are researching topics in Agricultural and Environmental Law. Professor Kelley first met Daniya and Aigerim last summer during a teaching trip to Zhetysu State University where both women are pursuing their Ph.D. in Law. Professor Kelley lead three courses in Negotiation, Legal Writing in English, and Agriculture & the Environment over a two week period. He writes about his trip in a previously published post, "A Letter from Kazakhstan".

Our guests arrived to a noisy but festive atmosphere, as their arrival coincided with the annual Bikes Blues and BBQ festival, an event that reports an attendance of nearly 400,000. They spent their first  days exploring the campus, with the kind assistance of Professor Kelley, who treated our guests to lunch and a shopping excursion. They have already seen much of the U.S. during their brief stay, visiting NYC and joining Professor Kelley in Washington D.C., to tour the Nations Capital.

Both Daniya and Aigerim wish to extend their thanks to Professor Kelley, and to the School of Law.