Legal Cultures and Business Environments in Central Asia

Legal Cultures and Business Environments in Central Asia

CENTRAL ASIAN LAW is a research and training programme that aims to promote greater understanding and explanation of the interconnections between legal cultures, local business environments and governance in Central Asia. This will enable the CENTRAL ASIAN LAW team to: 1) produce new empirical knowledge on legal cultures and business ethics in the region; 2) engage with, and challenge, existing theoretical paradigms within socio-legal studies, law, economic and business sciences, Central Asian studies (post-Soviet studies, more generally) and governance scholarship; 3) provide strategic intelligence for business actors interested or already operating in the region; 4) inform international organizations and decision makers in the EU and Central Asia on possible ways to improve the business and investment climate, the rule of law and governance in the region.

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Research team

Principal investigator: Lund University, Lund,Švédsko

Partners: Latvijas Universitate (Riga, Lotyšsko), Marmara üniversiteti (Istanbul, Turecko), Rigas Juridiska Augstskola SIA (Riga, Lotyšsko), Universität Zürich (Zürich, Švýcarsko), L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University (Nur-Sultan, Kazachstán), Toshkent Shahridagi Xalqaro Westminster Universiteti (Taškent, Uzbekistán), Khujand Polytechnic Institute of Tajik Technical University of Tajikistan by Academic M.C. Osimi (Khudjand, Tádžikistán), SIAR Research and Consulting LLC (Biškek, Kyrgyzstán), O’zbekiston Respublikasi Bosh Prokuraturasi Akademiyasi (Taškent, Uzbekistán), Tebigy Kuwwat Public Association (Ašgabat, Turkmenistán).

The research team from IMS is responsible for the preparation of research studies and reports (with a focus on Turkmenistan) and the management and coordination of the research team.


This project is funded by EU Horizon 2020 programme.

Horizon H2020 | REFINE


The project runs from 2020 to 2024.