George Petalotis

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George Petalotis
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Deputy Minister for Justice, Transparency and Human Rights
Assumed office
17 June 2011
President Karolos Papoulias
Prime Minister George Papandreou
Lucas Papademos
Deputy Minister to the Prime Minister and Government Spokesman
In office
7 October 2009 – 17 June 2011
Personal details
Born (1964-03-11) 11 March 1964 (age 50)
Komotini, Greece
Nationality Greek
Political party Panhellenic Socialist Movement
Alma mater Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Democritus University of Thrace, University of Heidelberg
Profession Attorney
Religion Greek Orthodoxy

George S. Petalotis (Greek: Γεώργιος Σ. Πεταλωτής,[1][2] born 11 March 1964 in Komotini, Greece) is a Greek politician of the Panhellenic Socialist Movement and the current Deputy Minister for Justice, Transparency and Human Rights.


Petalotis graduated from the Law School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He continued his studies in the Law School of the Democritus University of Thrace, obtaining a Ph.D. in Penal and Criminal Science.

He completed his academic studies in the University of Heidelberg, Germany, with a Major of Sciences in Legal Terminology, Language and Culture.

In 1993, Petalotis became a member of the bar association of the Rhodope Prefecture, and was elected as the body's president in 1998. He remained active until 2002, when he quit his position to undertake responsibilities in the coordinating committee of the plenary of presidents of the bar associations of Greece. In 2005, he was re-elected as a president of the bar association of the Rhodope Prefecture.

Petalotis was the first correspondent of the Greek Council for Refugees, in cooperation with the corresponding United Nations High Commission for Refugees.

In 2007, Petalotis was elected to represent the Rhodope constituency in the Hellenic Parliament. After the 2009 election, Petalotis was appointed Deputy Minister to the Prime Minister and Government Spokesman.


  1. ^ Official website of the Government Spokesman (Greek)(English)
  2. ^ Officials, The Secretariat General of Communication