Judge Marco Antonio Marques da Silva works at the Court of Appeals in Brazil’s capital, Sao Paolo. He spends his days hearing cases of various magnitudes and preparing decisions. In his words, Judge Marco finds this line of work enthralling and intellectually stimulating. The judge is not afraid of making waves as seen in the recent overturning of a court decision regarding a trafficking duo.


From the impressionable age of fifteen, Marco Antonio Marques da Silva knew that he wanted to pursue a career in law. He went on to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in law in 1981 from the Pontifical Catholic University. Thereafter, he attained his Masters in Law in 1991 and a Doctorate in Law in 1995. While his academic work flourished, Marco ventured into the field of law by taking a job as a member of the state judiciary. This job required him to traverse different counties ranging from Sao Paolo to Monte Alto.


Aside from his thriving career as a judge, Marco works as a professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo based at the Faculty of Law of PUC-SP where he teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students. Marco Antonio’s job description goes further to include offering advice to Master’s and Ph.D. students and helping them publish their work.


His teaching job requires him to travel quite a bit and collaborate with notable figures in academia who give their two-cents in research work. Marco Antonio Marques da Silva appreciates that it is through meaningful collaboration that ideas come to life and it encourages people to be open-minded. When professors and candidates work on a research piece together, they are not only advancing their careers but also adding to the global pool of knowledge. This is how real progress is achieved.


Judge Marco is a member of the Scientific Council for the LISBON LAW REVIEW and the Scientific Committee of “INTERPRETATIO PRUDENTIUM. He is presently working on publishing a book focusing on human rights and how to grow a successful career in this regard. The book, he says, is inspired by numerous conferences touching on a globalized society which he reckons is the way of the future for people around the world.