President of the Hellenic Republic
Prokopios Pavlopoulos was born in 1950 in Kalamata, Greece. In 1968 he was accepted at the Athens Law School from which he graduated, with distinction, in 1973, before moving to Paris for postgraduate studies. In 1974 he obtained a Master of Advanced Studies (D.E.A.) in public law from Paris II University and in 1977 he obtained his Ph.D. (Doctorat d’ État) with distinction. In 1982 he started his academic career at the University of Athens Law School where he was elected assistant professor in 1983, associate professor in 1985, and professor in 1989. Moreover, he taught and conducted research as a visiting professor at Paris II University in 1986.
Among many other works, he is the author of the following:
“La directive en droit administrative,” Paris, 1978; “The Law and Practice Relating to Pollution Control in Greece,” in collaboration with Dr. Gr. Timagenis, 1982; “The constitutional guarantee of the writ of annulment: A contemporary viewpoint of the rule of law,” 1982; “Courses in administrative science,” 1983; “The civil liability of the State,” Vol. I, 1986; and Vol. II, 1989; “Guarantees of the right to judicial protection in European Community law,” 1993; “The public works contract,” 1997; “Articles, 1987- 2003,” 2003; “Constitutional Reform - looked at from the parliamentary experience,” 2010; “The Twilight of Political Leaderships: Cause or Effect of the Economic Crisis?” 2011; “Public Law at the time of economic crisis,” Vol. I, 2nd Edition, 2014; “Public Law,” 3rd Edition, 2015; and collective work in collaboration with professors A. Gerontas, S. Lytras, Gl. Siouti and S. Flogaitis.
President Pavlopoulos has also been a very active politician, since holding the position of secretary to the first (interim) president of the Hellenic Republic, Michael Stassinopoulos from 1974 to 1975. He served as deputy minister of the presidency responsible for the media, and as government spokesman during the Xenophon Zolotas National Unity government from 1989 to 1990.
In 1990 he was appointed director of the presidency’s legal office during the presidency of Konstantinos Karamanlis, a position he held until 1995 before serving as spokesman of the New Democracy Party. In 1996 he was elected member of Parliament for the State for the New Democracy Party and was head of the party’s Public Administration, Public Order and Justice Department.
From 2000 to 2014 he was elected to Parliament representing the constituency of Central Athens. He was parliamentary spokesman for the New Democracy Party from 2000, and from 2004 until 2009 he served as minister of the then integrated Ministry of the Interior in the Kostas Karamanlis government. On February 18, 2015 he was elected President of the Hellenic Republic with a large majority of 233 votes out of 300.