Marcílio Toscano Franca Filho is a professor of art law at the Federal University of Paraíba (Brazil) and a prosecutor in the prosecution office of the Audit Court of Paraíba, where he is head of the Task Force on Cultural Heritage Protection. He was a visiting professor at the law department of Turin University and a research fellow at Turin’s Collegio Carlo Alberto. Mr Franca is an alternate arbitrator at the Permanent Review Tribunal of Mercosur (Paraguay) and arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Art (the Netherlands) and at the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Arbitration and Mediation Center (Switzerland).
He has a PhD in comparative law (University of Coimbra, Portugal) with a post-doc in law (European University Institute, Florence, under the Calouste Gulbenkian Fellowship). He is a member of the Executive Council of the International Law Association (UK) and of the International Art Market Studies Association. He is involved in the 1995 UNIDROIT Convention Academic Project (Italy) and is a former senior legal adviser to the UN mission in Timor-Leste. He can be contacted by telephone (+55 83 3208 3368) or by email ([email protected]).