Does the technological world fascinate your students? Furthermore, do they wonder how societies can preserve their values as the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) grows? If they are curious and fast-learning kids, help them find their professional calling with legal and policy professional in EU competition law and tech regulatory, Kletia Noti. They might enjoy chasing technology from an ethical and legal perspective as she does!
Meet the professional
For this STEM Job Profile, we talked with Kletia Noti. She is a legal and policy professional who works in the field of EU competition law and tech regulatory. Kletia holds a Master of Laws from Columbia University School of Law and a Master’s and Bachelor’s Law degree from Bocconi University. Currently, she works as an EU policy monitor and a Vice-Chair at the IP Transactions & Licencing Committee of the Intellectual Property Section of the American Bar Association.
Fascinated by the world surrounding her as the daughter of a telecommunications engineer and a TV presenter, Kletia has been passionate about technology since she was a kid.
"Growing up, I was often participating in TV and radio shows. Walking in the halls of that unique world, I was fascinated by telecommunications: from antennas to cameras. I realised something then: technology connects people. As an adult, choosing to pursue a career in law, I would naturally be inclined to specialise in tech."
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Above all, if you work giving law advice in the field of technology, critical thinking together with creativity is necessary to satisfy your clients. "With public clients, such as the EU institutions, the public interest dimension is inherent to the client’s goals. Within those set parameters, you can play what the law can do or cannot do, and how it can be shaped and reformed to accommodate those policy objectives."
Working as a legal and policy professional means that you will be advising clients, either private companies or public institutions such as the EU bodies. Therefore, you will need to have business and commercial skills. "Business and commercial skills are paramount in ensuring that clients are satisfied, but also that regulation doesn’t stifle business and incentivises innovation."
Besides, to become a legal and policy professional in EU competition law and tech regulatory, you will need to be curious and willing to learn. In other words, "both skills are necessary to navigate an ever-evolving legal system and ever-changing policies in the field of technology".
"An understanding of, and experience with, various forms of technology is also helpful. Furthermore, since in pursuing clients’ interests, we routinely collaborate with professionals from other fields, such as engineers, data scientists, the ability to communicate in a succinct, clear and precise fashion, and not “legalese”, is crucial to connect across disciplines."
In addition, soft skills such as emotional intelligence and communication are elemental to work with different colleagues. "Strong emotional intelligence and soft skills are crucial since the job often entails speaking to stakeholders of various cultures or nationalities across the EU."
Working in a continually changing environment such as the technological, it is crucial to be a proactive person. Most importantly, "it is important to be willing to tackle challenges in a preventive, forward-looking, rather than a reactive fashion."
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Advice to take away
Today, more than ever, as technology overhauls our society: “What you ‘know’ does not matter nearly as much as your ability to learn new things and apply those learnings to new scenarios and environments”. My advice is never to stop learning and being intellectually curious, being flexible to unlearn what you learnt and learn again. While you do this, it is important never to abandon critical thinking. Do not be afraid to engage with the bigger picture and questions. Technology developments are advancing at full speed. Then the question becomes how we ensure, as humans, the preservation of our values as societies, as technology advances. And how can the law and ethics of technology shape this process so that our societies continue to thrive while preserving the liberal order. This profession is all about the bigger picture thinking, namely, what the puzzle ultimately becomes, once the contributions of the various inter-disciplinary professionals are put together.
CC BY-NC-ND 4.0: all the materials and content presented on this STEM Job profile have been co-created by STE(A)M IT, in collaboration with DUET, a project funded by the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No.870697.