“ The advantages of a consistent international approach in personal and professional endeavours ”

by Giuseppe Lorenzo Rosa, Esq.
      M.A Business Law

      Ms.Pauline Rita Rosa
      B.A Linguistic Expert for Int'l Relations
      M.A International Relations
      

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At times when younger generations may get the impression that being internationally minded , open to cultural, human, professional exchanges and interests cross-the-border, has more cons than pros, there is instead, in our opinion, ample room for re-consideration and thoughts.
Considering the impact of risks and challenges posed by unsolicited newcomers into the international area – including the likes of ISIS, AlQaeda, radicalized individuals in countries globally, populist movements of varied sources and constituency, tycoons turned heads of state overnight, to name a few – particularly the least experienced in human and professional lives among us inevitably have second thoughts about the values and benefits which more learned and tested individuals acknowledge instead to global, multicultural societies.
Depending upon the very context of one's upbringing, the development and consolidation of an international approach since earlier days in life may realistically help define the outlook of individuals' styles, way of thinking, attitudes which become apparent in adult life.
We are inclined to think that the earlier a female or male individual is offered access to tools aimed to allowing openness of mind to others beyond borders – the latter being not necessarily a country's, instead to include internal dividing lines which exist amongst communities of different wealth, idiom, race, religion, region, district – the better chances she / he will gain to build a genuine internationally minded approach.
Learning a foreign language, attending Summer camps or language courses overseas, conferences, meetings, seminars, other than within one's own country, are all examples of internationalization available to families and communities.
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In our own varied and long established frequentations across nations and countries globally – which date back to 1964 and to 2005 as far as Giuseppe and Pauline are respectively concerned - we have noticed that in some areas, like Europe or SouthAsia, international contacts are part of individuals' DNA much more naturally that, for instance, in North America, former USSR or parts of Oceania.
There are many circles, including the A.B.A, where committees, sections, divisions with an international approach and constituecny exist, offering a cross-the-border platform for opportunities, interests, ideas, projects, because of the natural inclination of professionals to look and think besides the scope of a domestic turf.
Legal professionals are certainly at the forefront of communities – local, state and nationwide – who  are more likely to reach out to information, documentation, insights, comparisons, challenges and
opportunities which, one way or the other, good or bad, influence daily personal lives and work in each country.
We think that the job of a legal professional is not so different from the concerns of individuals who are committed to health care.
As long as a specialty physician, a biology researcher, a family doctor, needs to provide patients, hospitals, drugs businesses, communities, a practical recipe for health ( whatever the context might be ), I think that the earlier such professional is allowed to act, the better is for the prospective beneficiaries.
Considering the features of jobs such as practising attorneys, judges, academicians, researchers, in-house counsel, and the vested interests of potential beneficiaries ( namely what they expect ), we have no reason to doubt that our endeavours as professionals heavily committed to law can make the difference provided that each and all of us commit to offer the best, practical, affordable, complete, solution, possibly opening-up our mind to include in our sources and goodwill not only standard, daily, taken-for-granted, ordinary, tools and information.
Clients ( individuals and corporations alike ) increasingly appreciate solutions which, either in litigation or non contentious matters, stem out of review of updated state-of-the-art information and documentation, inevitably comprising inputs from and comparisons with overseas situations, sources.
As providers of legal professional services to a variety of possible beneficiaries, those among us who perceive knowledge and experience not limited to a territory, a nation, a country, can actually convey more thoughtful, complete and learned solutions than others, who may consider the profession as standard routine.
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Also within TIPS what motivates members of the A.B.A to opt for involvement in international related projects, seminars, work, is their natural or acquired curiosity about life and work outside limited boundaries, possibly as a result of heritage which they may derive from family ties across borders, mountains, oceans; or attendance at universities, colleges, continuing legal education institutions, which provided a wider scope of interests internationally; or their participation at events where others ( namely overseas invididuals or businesses ) were present.  Members of TIPS are obviously not the only ones who think that opening up to internationalization proves correct and valuable in our lives and work.
We nevertheless think that signing up up for membership to diversified and cross cultural groups confirms our evident desire to distinguish and identify ourselves, inasmuch as we may reasonably shed light to peers / clients, showing the way to consider our lives and jobs as necessary part of a net, where territorial boundaries, albeit necessary, may yet not be that useful, when it comes to knowledge and experience.
Considering the values and heritage shared by certain unique locations (for example Venice in Italy) and professional organizations like TIPS, or other sections-divisions of the A.B.A, the American Bar Foundation ( although within different scenarios because of their specific constituencies ) there are many topics of mutual interest which deserve being researched and presented at events, such as a two-day conference, plus a day devoted to cultural visits, among which:
a) The Rule of Law as a conduit of benefits across borders , involving concepts which sovereign states may effectively draw upon to bridge and avoid gaps;
b) International Trade, Foreign Direct Investments, Intellectual Property, International  Litigation – Arbitration – Mediation, Maritime Law, Law of the Sea, Legal Education, Global Energy / Geopolitics, Terrorism/Counterrorism, as instruments allowing for opportunities to develop and consolidate healthy and beneficial legal work;
c)Arts, Museums, Cruising, Travel, Culture, Education as means to convey from seniors to younger generations knowledge, know-how, traditions, ethics.
Allowing overseas experiences - possibly by way of learning languages, sharing culinary recipes, attending performing arts events, visiting museums – to become part of one's daily patterns of life, cannot but increase the actual opportunity that a legal professional's way of thinking and acting may convey brilliant inputs and solutions into clients' / beneficiaries' vested interests.
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The Law Firm of Giuseppe L Rosa, Esq. & Associated Counsels.