The PUC-Sao Paulo president, Dirceu de Mello, presided over the opening ceremony of an auditorium at their Perdizes Campus on April 1st. The new auditorium was named after Marco Antonio Marques da Silva. The faculty member and judge received a lot of praise with the president describing him as a dynamic man whose input in the construction of the auditorium played a role in the honor he received.
Marco Antonio’s career was elaborately discussed during the ceremony. Unlike many 15-year-olds who did not think much of their future, Marco had made up his mind about pursuing a career in law. He joined the Pontifical Catholic University at 19 years to begin his journey.
After graduating in 1981, he enrolled for a specialization degree before going on to do teaching, masters and doctorate degrees at the same institution. He only changed institutions when he went for his postdoctoral fellowship in Portugal at the University of Coimbra.
His judicial career has lasted for over 30 years. In 2007 he was appointed as an appellate judge has served as a substitute judge since 2002. He has also worked in the State Judiciary departments of Sao Paulo, Monte Alto, Palmeira D’Oeste and Diadema counties.
Marco Antonio Marques da Silva is well known for his book Luso-Brazilian Treaty on Human Dignity. This is one of the 13 books that he has authored. He has also contributed to a number of law journals with over 40 publications to his name.
Ricardo Sayeg, one of his colleagues at PUC, mentioned the love and admiration that Marco Antonio receives from students and professors of the institution. His zeal, honesty, and loyalty have earned him a place among the best teachers in the university.
When given the chance to speak, the renowned magistrate attributed much of his success to the support he received from friends and family over the years. A visibly emotional Marco gave special thanks to his immediate family and the Bradesco bank that financed the construction of the auditorium.
He insisted that his desire for change still remained as he hoped to see everyone enjoy human dignity regardless of their status.