Emin is Co-Founder of the AN Network (AN TV, E think-tank, CinemAN). He is a well-known blogger in Azerbaijan and was imprisoned for his activities in 2009. His case was raised by the Council of Europe, the European Parliament and by Amnesty International. On his release he returned to work at the AN Network and has extended his interests to culture and writing.
Emin graduated from Baku State University in International Law and completed Postgraduate Courses (Aufbaustudiengang) at Europa Institute of Saarland University in European law. He has previously worked for the International Republican Institute and was Director of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation from 2002 - 2004. Emin has been a consultant and legal expert for the Council of Europe in matters concerning political prisoners in Azerbaijan.
He will use the John Smith Fellowship to explore the way in which film and other cultural festivals are funded and run in the UK and to learn more about e-governance and digital democracy in the UK.
In 2011, Emin was awarded a Chevening scholarship and is now reading State, Society and Development (MSc) at the University of London (SOAS).