Giorgos Kaminis

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Giorgos Kaminis
Γιώργος Καμίνης
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78th Mayor of Athens
Assumed office
December 29, 2010
Preceded by Nikitas Kaklamanis
Greek Ombudsman
In office
April 23, 2003[1] – September, 2010[2]
Preceded by Nikiforos Diamandouros
Succeeded by Kalliopi Spanou[2]
Personal details
Born (1954-07-15) July 15, 1954 (age 64)
New York City, New York, United States
Political party PASOK
Other political
Movement for Change
Alma mater University of Athens
Panthéon-Assas University
Pantheon-Sorbonne University
Occupation Law professor, Public servant
Profession Lawyer

Georgios Kaminis (Greek: Γεώργιος Καμίνης, born 15 July 1954) is an American born Greek professor of constitutional law, and mayor of Athens since 1 January 2011. He was the Greek Ombudsman from April 2003 until September 2010.

Early life[edit]

Giorgos Kaminis was born in New York City,[3] where his father, Vasilis Kaminis was working at the time. He holds both American citizenship along with his Greek citizenship. At the age of five he left New York and moved to Athens.[4]


He studied at the Faculty of Law of the University of Athens, graduating in 1980. He conducted postgraduate studies in public law at Panthéon-Assas University, gaining a MAS in 1982,[5] followed by the Pantheon-Sorbonne University, where he obtained a doctorat d'État en droit in 1989.[6]


In November 1982, he was hired as a research and teaching fellow at the Faculty of Law of the University of Athens. He was elected a lecturer in 1991 and an assistant professor in 1998.[1][6]

From September 1989, he has been a research fellow at the Department of Parliamentary Studies and Research of the Directorate of Studies of the Greek Parliament.[6]

Greek Ombudsman[edit]

Αfter serving as a Deputy Ombudsman for Human Rights, from 1998 to 2003,[6] he served as the Greek Ombudsman from April 2003 until his resignation in September 2010, to run in upcoming local elections.[2]

Mayor of Athens[edit]

Kaminis was elected Mayor of Athens after the second round of the Greek local elections of 2010.[7] Kaminis, who ran as an independent,[8] had been nominated by the small, newly formed Democratic Left party and was also backed by the country's ruling Panhellenic Socialist Movement, the Ecologist Greens party, and Portokali (Drasi and Liberal Alliance).[4][9] In the second round of voting he got 52% of the vote and defeated Nikitas Kaklamanis, the centre-right incumbent supported by New Democracy and Popular Orthodox Rally won in the capital, historically a conservative stronghold, which elected a left-of-centre candidate for the first time in more than two decades.[10]

He was re-elected in the 2014 elections defeating SYRIZA-supported Gabriel Sakellaridis in the second round. His tenure ends in 2019.

Personal life[edit]

Kaminis is married to Adamantia Anagnostou, a lecturer at the University of Macedonia. They have two daughters, Angeliki and Katerina-Markella.[4]


  • Kaminis, Georges (1993). La transition constitutionnelle en Grèce et en Espagne. Librairie générale de droit et de jurisprudence. ISBN 978-2-275-00532-4.
  • Kaminis, Yorgos (1998). Illegally Obtained Evidence and Constitutional Guarantees of Human Rights: The Exclusion of Evidence in Criminal and Civil Proceedings. A. N. Sakkoulas. ISBN 960-232-805-3.


  1. ^ a b "10". Ετήσια έκθεση 2003 (PDF) (in Greek). The Greek Ombudsman. 2003. ISBN 960-87641-1-4. Retrieved 15 November 2010.
  2. ^ a b c "Who is the Greek Ombudsman ?". The Greek Ombudsman. Retrieved 15 November 2010.
  3. ^ Malkoutzis, Nick; Harry van Versendaal (2010-10-29). "In contest for the capital's heart and soul" (PDF). Athens Plus. Issue of the Week (123). Retrieved 15 November 2010.
  4. ^ a b c Hasapopoulos, Nikos (2010-08-29). Γιώργος Καμίνης Ενας αριστερός Ελληνοαμερικανός για τον Δήμο Αθηναίων. To Vima (in Greek). Retrieved 15 November 2010.
  5. ^ "To Biografiko tou neou Dimarchos Athinaion Giorgou Kamini" [The CV of the new Mayor of Athens Giorgos Kaminis]. Express (in Greek). 15 November 2010.
  6. ^ a b c d "Greek Ombudsman : Giorgos Kaminis". Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 15 November 2010.
  7. ^ "Athens votes in Socialist party for first time in 24 years". AFP. France 24. 2010-11-14. Retrieved 15 November 2010.
  8. ^ Gilson, George (2010-09-19). "Athens candidate a 'problem-solver'". Athens News. Archived from the original on 6 March 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2010.
  9. ^ Gilson, George (2010-11-07). "The race for the top". Athens News. Archived from the original on 6 March 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2010.
  10. ^ Hope, Kerin (2010-11-14). "Greek socialists capture Athens". Retrieved 15 November 2010.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Nikiforos Diamandouros
Greek Ombudsman
Succeeded by
Kalliopi Spanou
Preceded by
Nikitas Kaklamanis
Mayor of Athens
Succeeded by