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A native of Brazil, South America, Marco Antonio Marques da Silva was born in the year 1958 in the city of Itapetininga. In his mid-teenage years, he found his calling: Law. He is a highly educated individual. From 1977 to 1981 he studied law at the Pontifical Catholic University (PUC) of Sao Paulo Brazil. By 1982 he was already a professor at PUC, and it is a position he still holds to this very day teaching Criminal Law. He received his Doctorate and Teaching degrees from PUC as well. In 1983, he joined the State Judiciary and in 2002 he was promoted to substitute judge. In 2005, he completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the Faculty of Law of Coimbra. And, in 2007, he achieved the title of Judge for the Court of Appeals.


It comes as no surprise that PUC-Sao Paulo honored Magistrate Marco Antonio Marques da Silva by naming one of their newly built auditoriums after him on April 1st, 2018. A dynamic individual driven by the will to help others around the clock. He even helped oversee and ensure the new auditorium’s construction went as smooth as possible. He is praised as a treasure of the PUC community as one of its pillars and role models and all around good person.


Aside from his great accomplishments in the practice of Law and education, Judge Marco Antonio Marques da Silva is also an accomplished author of 13 books and 40 articles. One of his books, “Luso-Brazilian Treaty on Human Dignity”, he edited with European Constitutional Law Professor, Jorge Miranda. He values all of the people he has met throughout his prestigious career, especially God.


At the end of his speech, Marco Antonio said, “I keep my restless spirit longing for a change. Change that ensures human dignity is not just a figure of speech, rather makes is real and available to all our fellow human beings, without distinction of race, sex, age, or social, economic, or political status”.


Truly, Marco Antonio Marques da Silva is a great leader, teacher, and role model that we can all look up to.