Marco Antonio Marques da Silva ranks among the top judges in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He currently serves in the court of Appeal. Marco Antonio recently shot into the limelight regarding his decision to overturn a sentence of two traffickers. The decision elicited a heated debate among judges, lawyers and other legal minds where every group came up with their own legal interpretation of the decision. Reversing a decision made by a lower court wasn’t easy for Marco Antonio da Silva, especially when it involves a high profile case such as trafficking. But many people agree that his decision was well informed.
Marco Antonio Marques da Silva was born in 1958 in the city of Itapetininga. He gained interest in law at a tender age and by the age of fifteen, he had already made a decision to pursue a career in the legal field. He worked hard in lower classes and qualified to enroll for a Bachelor’s degree in Law. He enrolled at Pontifical Catholic University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in law in 1981. His thirst for knowledge pushed him to enroll for a Master’s degree and a Doctorate degree from the same university. Marco Antonio also holds a postdoctoral degree in European Economic and Criminal Law which he earned from the University of Coimbra.
Marco Antonio launched his career in the teaching profession where he taught Criminal Procedure law at the Pontifical Catholic University in Sao Paulo. He also served as the head of the research group in the same university that focused on Human Dignity and Rule of Law. Marco Antonio also served in other influential positions at the Pontifical University that include serving as the coordinator of the Center for Research in Criminal Law and the president of Sergio Vieira de Mello Academic Program.
After creating a name for himself in academia, Marco Antonio Marques da Silva decided to venture into the field of law. He started by serving as a member of the state judiciary. His main role involved traveling to various counties across the country to carry out his duties. After working for a while in this capacity, he was promoted to become a substitute judge. His immense success as a substitute judge earned him the promotion to serve as a judge for the Court of Appeals.