Mariá Marcele is a Brazilian national who also lived in France and Portugal.
She graduated in law from Faculdades Metropolitanas Unidas (Sao Paulo, Brazil), with an Academic Merit Certificate in 2001. In 2002, she was admitted to the Brazilian Bar Association, section of Sao Paulo.
She soon developed an interest for international economic law and enrolled on the Master of Science course in European Law at the University of Coimbra Law School. Her research focused on the field of Agricultural trade and policy, due to agriculture's key role in poverty reduction and development. During her research, she spent a few days in Geneva, at the Brazilian Mission before the WTO, carrying on local research both at the Mission and the WTO. Her dissertation, "The Common Agricultural Policy and the discipline on domestic support of the Uruguay Round Agreement on Agriculture" (A Política Agrícola Comum e a disciplina do apoio interno do Acordo sobre a Agricultura da Rodada Uruguai), challenged the effectiveness of WTO in curbing the CAP and provided a detailed legal analysis of agricultural subsidies discipline. Mariá Marcele was approved with the highest grade - Summa cum laude - and her dissertation was published by Coimbra Editora in 2007.
While she prepared herself for the diplomatic career, she spoke in several conferences on international law and published articles in Brazilian specialized journals such as "The effects of the Cotton Dispute on agricultural subsidies discipline and multilateral trade negotiations". Mariá Marcele also lectured international trade law at Universidade Cândido Mendes (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).
With a view to deepen her knowledge of international trade law and become a highly skilled international legal practitioner, she decided to join IELPO LLM. For this purpose, she was granted a scholarship from Fundación Carolina.
Mariá Marcele is fluent in Portuguese (native), English, and French and shows a good command of Spanish.
Traveling, hiking and cinema are some of her favorites hobbies.