Born in La Spezia, Italy, 1974, Marco Croce is an Assistant professor in ecclesiastical law and canon law since November 2017 at the department of juridical sciences of the University of Florence.
He teaches Law and religions and Ecclesiastical Law at the University of Florence Law School.
He graduated in law cum laude in 2005 at the University of Florence with a dissertation on "The value of precedent in the jurisprudence of the Italian constitutional court" (supervisor: Professor Stefano Grassi).
He obtained a Ph.D. in constitutional justice and fundamental rights in 2010 at the University of Pisa with a dissertation on "Religious freedom in the Italian constitutional law" (supervisor: Professor Roberto Romboli). The Ph.D. thesis was judged among the best three at the Leopoldo Elia award in 2010 and obtained the third place and a diploma of honor at the Fasto Cuocolo Memorial Prize in 2011.
Qualified as associate professor in the framework of scientific sector 12/C (constitutional and ecclesiastical law) and 12/C1 (constitutional law) in 2014.
Since 2008 he is a teaching and exam assistant for the courses of constitutional law and advanced constitutional law and, since 2011, ecclesiastical law at the department of juridical sciences of the University of Florence.
He was awarded research grants in the field of comparative public law from 2010 to 2013, and he worked under the supervision of Professor Carlo Fusaro on "Topics concerning political representation and evolving constitutional regimes"; he was also awarded research grants in the field of ecclesiastical law from 2014 to 2017, and he worked under the supervision of Professor Luciano Zannotti on "The problem of protecting religious freedom in a changing society" and "The access to negotiated legal frameworks by new religious movements, philosophical associations and non-religious associations in Italy and Europe".
As a fixed-term professor he taught fundations of public law, law and religions, education law, law and regulation of the access to education at the University of Florence. He also taught ecclesiastical law at the Legal professions specialization school of the University of Pisa.
From May to October 2017, after winning a national competition organized by the Italian Interior Ministry, he participated as a lecturer to the preparatory courses for clergy members of religions without a negotiated legal framework, organized by a consortium of Italian universities (Florence, Bologna, Pisa, Bari, Cosenza, Salerno, Palermo).
He is a member of the editorial board of the law reviews Quaderni di Diritto e Politica Ecclesistica and Osservatorio sulle fonti.
He is the author of the book "Religious freedom in the Italian constitutional framework" (Pisa, ETS publishing, 2012) and of several articles published by the most prestigious Italian law reviews (Diritto pubblico, Quaderni costituzionali, Giurisprudenza costituzionale, Rivista AIC, Foro italiano, Quaderni di diritto e politica ecclesiastica, Diritto e religioni, Stato, Chiese e pluralismo confessionale, BioLaw Journal - Rivista di BioDiritto, Contratto e impresa) and on collective books.
He participated to several Italian and International scientific congresses and he was a member of several research teams. He is a member of the scientific associations "Gruppo di Pisa" and "ADEC".