Heritage and Traditions

Mr. Abdez Stamkulov

Doctor of Law

1928 - 2006


Owners and partners of Synergy Partners Law Firm Alzhan Stamkulov and Nurzhan Stamkulov are the grandchildren of the outstanding Kazakh scientist-practice in the field of jurisprudence – Mr. Abdez Stamkulov. This page of memory highlights the works and vision of Mr. Abdez Stamkulov Professor and Doctor of Law. The firm does not forget the merits and contribution of Abdez Stamkulov in the development of Kazakhstan's law and adheres to his liberal-economic, humanitarian and environmental views.
 

Biography


Mr. Abdez Stamkulov is a talented lawyer and outstanding scientist was born on 1st of August, 1928 in the village Kara-Tobe, Bostandyk district of the South Kazakhstan region, now the Tashkent region. He was a Doctor of law, Professor, Head of the Department of Environmental Law of KazNu and KazGUU.

In 1971, he left the Prosecutor's Office in his capacity as the Deputy Prosecutor of the City of Alma-Ata in the rank of Senior Counselor of Justice. Mr. Abdez Stamkulov moved at his own request to the Faculty of Law of KazNu named after S.M. Kirov, where he for 30 years served as a senior lecturer, then assistant professor, deputy dean and dean of the law faculty of KazNu Named after S.M. Kirov. Mr. Abdez Stamkulov was a member of the dissertational council of KazNu for awarding academic degrees of candidates and doctors of law.

Mr. Abdez Stamkulov conducted activities to create protected natural areas in Kazakhstan. During the Soviet period, Mr. Abdez Stamkulov, as a private sponsor, personally financed the trips and scientific works of Soviet Moscow biologists to Kazakhstan to study the relic ash trees on Charyn with the aim of creating protected natural and national parks on this territory.
The result of these social aspirations was the Decree of the Government of the KazSSR on the creation of an environmental area.

Mr. Abdez Stamkulov also intensively developed the natural resource law of the KazSSR, in particular mining law, land law, subsoil use law; water law in the KazSSR. Foreign post-graduate students from Japan came to Mr. Abdez Stamkulov for internship in Soviet times. In 1984 he organized and held the International Conference in Almaty on Environmental Law. The School of Environmental Law of KazSSR was considered the strongest among all the other schools of the socialist republics.

Mr. Abdez Stamkulov published more than 200 scientific works and practical materials on the problems of environmental, natural resource, agrarian and land law. Among them are monographs, textbooks, teaching aids in Kazakh and Russian.


Mr. Abdez Stamkulov defended his doctoral dissertation in 1982 on personal subsidiary farming, thus legalizing private farming in the USSR through the institution of personal subsidiary farming. Later, the legislation of the KazSSR was amended, allowing to make state land for personal subsidiary farming. Private farming was banned in the USSR and was considered a "kulachestvo". The only form of farming at that time was collective state farming in the form of collective farms. This work accelerated the process of liberalization in the economy of KazSSR. As a result of this economic freedom, the first "handicraftsmen" of the 80s appeared, harbingers of the future production cooperatives of the 90s.

Mr. Abdez Stamkulov, being deputy dean and later dean of the Faculty of Law of KazNU, lobbied for training in Kazakh at the Law Faculty of KazNU, which greatly increased the self-identification of the future of Kazakhstan in the Soviet era. Despite the justified obstacles in the form of lack of educational and scientific materials in the Kazakh language, as well as the lack of teaching staff with knowledge of the Kazakh language, the less successful the KazNU began to transform into creating a system of instruction in the Kazakh language.
After the December events of 1986, Mr. Abdez Stamkulov was removed from the post of dean of the Faculty of Law of KazNU, but this did not stop him from introducing Kazakh language training at KazNU.

Under his leadership and mentoring, qualified and professional lawyers were trained who, from the moment of gaining independence of Kazakhstan, took responsible positions in state bodies of independent Kazakhstan, in commercial companies, in the bar and in the judiciary.


Qualification

  • 1949, speciality lawyer, Tashkent State Law Institute;
  • 1970, candidate of Legal Sciences. In 1967 he enrolled in correspondence postgraduate study at the Institute of Philosophy and Law of the Academy of Sciences of the KazSSR, successfully graduated in 1970 and defended his thesis;
  • 1984, doctor of law. He defended his doctoral dissertation on the topic: “Theoretical problems of legal regulation of personal subsidiary farming of citizens in the USSR”. It was a key socio-economic work in the KazSSR.

Career

  • 1949-1952, investigator of the Uygur district prosecutor’s office of the Almaty region;
  • 1952-1954, the prosecutor of the criminal and judicial department of the Almaty Regional Prosecutor’s Office, the prosecutor of the criminal and judicial department of the Prosecutor’s Office of the KazSSR;
  • 1954-1967, prosecutor of several districts of Almaty region;
  • 1967-1971, first deputy prosecutor of Almaty city;
  • 1971-1975, senior lecturer, associate professor of KazNu named after S.Kirov;
  • 1977-1983, deputy dean of the faculty of law of KazNu named after S.Kirov;
  • 1983-1986, dean of faculty of law of KazNu named after S.Kirov, associate professor, doctor of law;
  • 1986-1997, head of the department of environmental and environmental law of KazNU;
  • 1997-2006, head of department of ecological and land law of the Kazakh humanitarian law university (KazGUU) in Almaty city.


Main scientific works

  • Legal protection of nature in the KazSSR. Almaty city, 1982;
  • Personal subsidiary farming (legal regulation). Almaty city, 1982.

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