Francesco Napoli - SLI Participant in 2012

“In China everything is difficult, but nothing is impossible”

Lingua originale italiana

I decided to embark on this great adventure after the third year of Law School, rather early compared to most of my Summer Law Institute mates. This was not a disadvantage from my point of view, because it made me understand very clearly what I want from my future. The topics we studied during the Summer Law Institute were really interesting and useful, because the new frontier of law in China goes through Intellectual Property Law and Environmental Law and many of the employers in that country are looking for people with this knowledge and expertise.

But if you want to understand how China really is, because you are thinking to jump into the job market of that side of the world, one month is just enough to catch a glimpse of it. One thing is living one month in the Peking University as a foreign student and as a tourist; another one is living in a Chinese house, talking, working and eating with Chinese people round the clock! A challenge I could take on thanks to the internship opportunities the SLI offers. Indeed I chose to take a six-month internship at the China-Italy Chamber of Commerce in Beijing, which was without doubt a very formative experience.  I had to learn how to deal with Chinese and Italian businessmen, working in team with wonderful colleagues in our downtown office and manage a great variety of tasks from market analysis to event organization. At the same time, I had to deal with the everyday needs of an expat in a completely different country, to practice a completely new language, to discover an ancient and fascinating culture which is undergoing extreme changes and to witness in first person an economic boom without equal.

I came back from China full of new energy and after finishing all the exams at my home university, I decided it was time to dive again into Chinese law. Thanks to my already international background, I won a scholarship from my university to write my final Master’s dissertation at the prestigious Tsinghua University in Beijing on Chinese trademark law. This time my focus was to really deepen an aspect of Chinese law that is so relevant for foreign and local enterprises, in order to acquire valuable knowledge for my future career. I had the luck to meet outstanding professors and professionals with long working experience in the field, which is something you could never get if you write your dissertation at home. This experience, in addition to the Summer Law Institute and the internship at the Chamber of Commerce, not only gave me invaluable knowledge and refined my academic and working abilities, but it will have without doubt a great effect on my future.

December 2014

Francesco Napoli

Lingua originale italiana

"In Cina tutto è difficile, ma niente è impossibile"

Ho deciso di intraprendere questa grande avventura al termine del terzo anno di Giurisprudenza, piuttosto presto rispetto alla maggior parte dei miei compagni di Summer Law Institute. Questo non è stato uno svantaggio dal mio punto di vista, perché mi ha aiutato a comprendere molto chiaramente ciò che desidero per il mio futuro. Gli argomenti che abbiamo studiato durante la Summer School sono stati estremamente interessanti e utili, perché la nuova frontiera del diritto in Cina passa attraverso il Diritto della Proprietà Intellettuale e il Diritto Ambientale e molti datori di lavoro in quel paese sono alla ricerca di persone con queste conoscenze e competenze.

Ma se si vuole capire come è davvero la Cina, perché magari si sta pensando di lanciarsi nel suo misterioso mercato del lavoro, un mese è appena sufficiente per coglierne la superficie. Una cosa è vivere un mese nell'Università di Pechino come studente straniero e come turista, un’altra è vivere in una casa cinese, parlare, lavorare e mangiare con cinesi ventiquattro ore su ventiquattro! Una sfida che ho potuto affrontare grazie alle opportunità di stage che la Summer School offre.

Infatti ho scelto uno stage di sei mesi presso la Camera di Commercio Italiana in Cina di Pechino, che è stato senza dubbio un’esperienza unica e formativa. Ho imparato a trattare con uomini d'affari cinesi e italiani, a lavorare in team con colleghi meravigliosi nel nostro ufficio in centro città e a gestire una grande varietà di compiti, dalle analisi di mercato all'organizzazione di eventi. Allo stesso tempo, ho avuto a che fare con le esigenze quotidiane di un espatriato in un paese completamente diverso dal proprio, ad usare una lingua completamente nuova, a scoprire una cultura antica e affascinante che sta attraversando cambiamenti estremi e a vedere in prima persona un boom economico senza precedenti.

Tornato dalla Cina pieno di nuove energie, ho finito in un soffio tutti gli esami presso la mia università italiana e poi ho deciso che era tempo di rituffarsi nel diritto cinese. Grazie al mio curriculum già internazionale, ho ottenuto una borsa di studio dalla mia università per scrivere la mia tesi di laurea presso la prestigiosa Tsinghua University di Pechino sul diritto dei marchi cinese. Questa volta mi sono concentrato sull’approfondire un aspetto del diritto cinese particolarmente rilevante per le imprese sia straniere che locali, con l’obiettivo di acquisire conoscenze utili per la mia carriera futura.

Ho avuto la fortuna di incontrare professori eccellenti e professionisti con molti anni di esperienza in questo settore del diritto, cosa che di certo non avrei potuto avere scrivendo la tesi a casa. Questa esperienza, oltre al Summer Law Institute e lo stage presso la Camera di Commercio, non solo mi ha permesso di ottenere una certa padronanza della materia e di affinare le mie capacità accademiche e lavorative, ma avrà senza dubbio conseguenze positive per il mio avvenire.

 

Dicembre 2014

Francesco Napoli

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