Marco Antonio Marques da Silva was honored by PUC-São Paulo pertaining to his position as State Court of Appeals Judge on April 1st. One of the new auditoriums at the Perdizes Campus took on the namesake of the magistrate, also a current professor at the institution for Criminal Law.
The ceremony began with Dirceu de Mello presiding, who praised Marco’s services and talents by stating that he is, “always ready to help with everything.” Dirceu continued that the judge helped oversee the construction of the new auditoriums and that the honor fit.
Ricardo Sayeg spoke about the career of Marco Antono Marques da Silva. Born in the city of Itapetininga in 1958; decided by age 15 to study Law. He started law studies at PUC in 1977 and graduated in 1981. Marco also pursued degrees for specialization, masters, doctorate and teaching at Pontifical Catholic University. In 2005, Marco’s postdoctoral fellowship was at the Faculty of Law of Coimbra. In 1982, he was already teaching at PUC, earning his tenure in 2003. Marco joined the State Judiciary in 1983 and was promoted to substitute judge and then became Court of Appeals Judge in 2007. Marco wrote 40 articles and 13 books including: “Luso-Brazilian Treaty on Human Dignity”, which he edited with the European Constitutional Law Professor Jorge Miranda, with entries by European and Brazilian jurists. Sayeg continued, “He fills us with pride and satisfaction, unanimously recognized by his fellow professors and students as one of our esteemed and most prominent teachers, and as a good man, honest, zealous and loyal… Long live! Here at PUC, you are immortal.”
In an emotional speech, Marco thanked everyone present. “I am aware that nothing in life is accomplished alone and therefore I am a man who values family, friends, education, justice and especially God.” He finished by saying,”I keep my restless spirit longing for change. Change that ensures human dignity is not just a figure of speech, rather makes it real and available to all our fellow human beings, without distinction of race, sex, age, or social, economic, or political status“.