Shahin Maharram Oglu Aliyev was born in Baku city in the Azerbaijan SSR (USSR) in 1960. In 1978 he entered the law faculty of the Tashkent State University, graduating with honours in 1983. In the same year he entered the postgraduate course of the All-Union Scientific Research Institute of Soviet Legislation and State Building of the Ministry of Justice of the USSR (Moscow). In 1987 he completed his PhD in Law (scientific adviser, doctor of law, Professor Mikhail Gavrilovich Kirichenko). He is the author of the following monographs: National-State Interests in the USSR (1989), National-State Interests and Separation of Powers (1992), Institute of Presidency (1996) and Scientific and Practical Commentary on the Constitution of the Republic of Azerbaijan (2000). The Grammar of Constitutionalism, a two part series, are his first books to be published in English.
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