Professor of Law, Federal University of Paraíba
Marcílio is a pioneer name in the field of Art Law in Latin America, with many scholarly books, articles, conferences and press interventions on diverse aspects of the art market. Currently, he is Professor of Law at the Federal University of Paraíba (Brazil) and Prosecutor at the Prosecution Office at the Audit Court of Paraíba (Brazil), with special interest in cultural heritage. Since 2016 he is serving as Alternate Arbitrator at the Permanent Review Tribunal of MERCOSUR (Asunción, Paraguay). Between 2018 and 2019, Marcílio Franca was Visiting Professor of Art Law at the Law Department of the Turin University (Italy) and Research Fellow at the Collegio Carlo Alberto (Turin, Italy).
He holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Law (University of Coimbra, Portugal, FCT Fellowship) with a post-doc in Law at the European University Institute (EUI, Florence, Calouste Gulbenkian Fellowship). Currently, he is Member of the Executive Council of the International Law Association (ILA, London, UK), of the 1995 UNIDROIT Convention Academic Project (UNIDROIT, Rome), of the International Association of Constitutional Law (IACL), of the International Art Market Studies Association (TIAMSA Legal Committee) and of the Instituto Hispano-Luso-Americano de Derecho Internacional (IHLADI). Marcilio is former student (Gasthörer) at the Free University of Berlin (Germany), visiting trainee at the Court of Justice of the European Union (Luxembourg), Senior Legal Advisor of the UN Mission in Timor-Leste (UNOTIL) and the World Bank (PFMCBP/Timor). He was President of the Brazilian Branch of the International Law Association (ILA Brazil) and today is leader of LABIRINT - International Laboratory of Investigations into Transjuridicity (UFPB).
He has lectured at many foreign institutions in Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, France, Italy, Poland, Netherlands, Bulgaria, Argentina, Canada, Paraguay, United States, South Africa, East Timor and Germany.