The Institute of Politics
The Institute of Politics at Khazar University is an independent, non-partisan organization committed to public policy research, analysis and education. This policy oriented research institution was founded in September 2004 at Khazar University on the base of Center for International and Strategic Studies and Department of Political Science. The Institute holds regular conferences, seminars, workshops and panel discussions with various public officials, diplomats and scholars as well as various student-oriented workshops, such as annual crisis simulation exercises and moot courts on various issues. It has offered a wide range of programs and resources including speakers, visiting and resident fellows, study groups, conferences, and internships.
The translator liberates the language imprisoned in a work
The Khazar University Translation Studies Center (TSC) was established in April 27, 2000. The main objective of this Center is to translate the academic, fictional, philosophical and technical works published in various modern languages into Azerbaijani. Some examples of the spiritual treasure of Azerbaijan culture are being translated into various languages, as well. The Center is involved in research and teaching of translation as subject fields.
Translation studies create research unique in its kind, giving rise to opportunities for collaboration between scholars who have traditionally worked in distinct fields of research.
Khazar University TSC has become an academic body – a place where scholars and students study, perform and enhance the complex act of transforming a literary experiences created in one language into an equivalent experience in another language.
Attracting experienced professionals as well as young specialists to its activities The Center holds theoretical and practical conferences and symposiums on various issues concerning translation and organizes discussion sessions on Lexicology, Literary Translation, Translation of Poetry, Theories and Techniques of Translation, etc. By training students as translators, Khazar University TSC gives them an opportunity to use and improve their language skills professionally.
The TSC closely cooperates with other academic departments and research centers of the University. Other academic entities have been adding their expertise as the center expands from literary translation to include commercial and legal translation. Khazar TSC, in affiliation with Khazar University Press completed different Translation Projects. Some of them partially were funded by the government of the United States. That list of translations include:
Translators of the center worked on the translation of “Racing Up Hill” by Hafiz Pashayev. A New translation project started in 2005 publishing the First Collection of "Poetry in Translation. 1st Collection" by the team of authors-translators including Hamlet Isaxanli.
The Legal Education Center
The center was established with the support of US Agency for International Development (USAID) and Khazar University in January 2013. The purpose is to increase the effectiveness of civil society and legal professionals to better defend the rights and interests of citizens and to improve the rule of law. This will be reached through achievement of two interdependent outcomes as summarized below:
1) Development of broader-based Azerbaijani constituencies more actively promoting reforms that safeguard citizens’ rights
2) Improved capacity of legal professionals to better apply laws and assist their clients.
At present, in Azerbaijan, the training of most young lawyers is almost entirely academic and in the future they lack social and "lawyering" skills when they embark on their careers. With this in mind, ARC established the Legal Education Center at Khazar University. The center conducts regular, high-quality curriculum-based trainings and develops legal publications covering a broad range of legal areas (see below). To ensure reputability and high quality of its services, the center attracts outstanding legal professionals and practitioners to develop the curricula and teach the courses. It is also envisioned that young lawyers and law students will be accompanying professional lawyers during strategic litigations, court hearings, rendering legal advice and consultations. The center plans to provide high-quality curriculum-based training courses to at least 20 law students per year and annually help 6-7candidates for membership to Collegiums of Attorneys (Azerbaijan Bar Association) prepare for Bar exams and pass them successfully.
The objectives of the Center include the following:
Based on the needs identified, the consortium works with international and local experts to develop continuing education course curricula and materials. The courses provide in-depth coverage of a wide range of topics which include, but are not limited to, Administrative law, Criminal Law, Review of existing laws and updates on new laws being passed by Parliament, Bar exam preparation, European Court of the Human Rights case law, Family Law, Labor Law, Legal Drafting, etc. Participants who successfully complete the course will be awarded certificates.