Marco Antonio Marques da Silva is a renowned judge in Brazil and currently serves in the Brazilian Court of Appeal. Marco was born in the city of Itapetininga in 1958. He discovered his passion of being a lawyer age 15 and joined Pontifícia Universidade Católica (PUC) in 1977, graduating in 1981. He also pursued a Master’s, a Doctorate, and a teaching degree in Pontifical Catholic University. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the faculty of Law at Coimbra in 2005. Marco was already a professor at PUC in 1982, at the age of 24.
Marco Antonio Marques da Silva has made his fair share of contribution as a judge; he joined the State judiciary in 1983 and worked in various cities in Brazil including Monte Alto, Diadema, Palmeira D’Oeste, and Sao Paulo. He became a Court of Appeal judge after working as a substitute judge from 2002. Marco is also a prolific writer, and his works have been recognized worldwide. Until now, he has produced more than 40 articles and 13 books, among them the famous ‘Luso-Brazilian Treaty on Human Dignity’ that was edited by Jorge Miranda, a European Constitution Law Professor. The book also includes contributions from various European jurists.
Marco’s efforts have not gone unnoticed as he has been honored not one, but on several occasions. Recently, PUC held a ceremony in his honor as a distinguished judge and a dedicated professor. In fact, one of the auditoriums at the Perdizes Campus was named after him. Further, the guests who were present at the ceremony praised him for his dynamism, selflessness, and focus. The university president and former president of Sao Paulo State Court of Appeals, Dirceu de Mello presided the occasion. Marco Antonio Marques da Silva continues to pursue change to make human dignity a reality to all regardless of sex, gender, age, social, economic, or political status. According to him, it is every person’s responsibility to rekindle human dignity that has eluded humanity for long. No doubt, Marco is an admired figure in Brazil and beyond.