Ikboljon Qoraboyev

Ikboljon Qoraboyev serves as an Associate Professor of International Relations at the International School of Economics of Maqsut Narikbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan. He is also an Associate Research Fellow at UNU-CRIS (Belgium), focusing on comparative regionalism, Eurasian and Central Asian regionalisms.

Previously, Qoraboyev taught at the University of Toulouse (France) and held positions as a Visiting Scholar at UNU-CRIS in 2009-2010, the Pluricourts research centre (University of Oslo) in 2015, and the iCourts research centre (University of Copenhagen) in 2021. Additionally, he holds expert appointments with FIBAA (Agency for quality assurance and quality development in higher education, Germany), the Institute of Legislation and Legal Information of the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and the International Experts Council of the “El-Yurt Umidi” Foundation of Uzbekistan.

Qoraboyev’s expertise lies in comparative regionalism studies, international relations, and international law, with a particular focus on Eurasia and Central Asia. His recent publications have covered a range of topics including the strategic responses of national governments and regional organizations to China’s Belt and Road Initiative, higher education and development, regionalization in Central Asia, and the engagement of domestic courts with international law. His commentary and interviews have appeared in various foreign and international media outlets, including those in China, Kazakhstan, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Uzbekistan, and the UK.

He received his PhD in public international law from the University of Toulouse in France, focusing on the emerging phenomenon of regional organizations in post-Soviet Central Asia. Qoraboyev obtained MA degrees in International Law (2001) and European Law (2004) from the University of Montpellier 1, and a BA degree in International Relations from the University of World Economy and Diplomacy (UWED) in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.