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In 1992 he joined Chittagong University as an associate professor and as the founder dean of the reorganised law faculty and founder chairman of the law department.

After the liberation, he went to the former USSR on scholarship for higher studies. He studied there for ten years in Moscow People's Friendship University, obtaining graduation, post-graduation and PhD degrees in law specialising in international law.

Upon completion of higher studies, Shah Alam joined the law faculty of Rajshahi University as an assistant professor, where he served for ten years.

In 1992 he joined Chittagong University as an associate professor and as the founder dean of the reorganised law faculty and founder chairman of the law department.

One of the pioneers of clinical legal education in Bangladesh, he introduced this particular method of legal education in the Chittagong University.

In 1996 he became a full professor of law. During 1999-2000 he worked as a member of the Bangladesh Law Commission.

Alam has published four books on international law and constitutional law, and has edited for several years the Chittagong University Journal of Law.

He has a good number of publications in reputed research journals at home and abroad. He was a Japan Foundation Fellow in 1995-96 at the Tokyo University law faculty and a senior Fulbright Fellow in 2001-2002 at the New York University School of Law. Occasionally, Alam wrote for national dailies on current issues of law.

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