Nikolaos Politis

Nikolaos Politis (spelled also as Nicolas Politis; Greek: Νικόλαος Πολίτης; 1872 in Corfu[1] – 1942 in Cannes, France) was a Greek diplomat of the early 20th century. He was a professor of law by training, and prior to the First World War taught law at Paris University and the University of Aix. A supporter of Eleftherios Venizelos, he served alongside Venizelos as delegate to the London Conference of 1912–1913, and as his Minister of Foreign Affairs in 1916-1920 and again in 1922. Also served as Greek representative to the League of Nations. In 1929 promoted a resolution at the League disarmament commission that enabled the commission to continue its work.[2]

Nikolaos Politis in 1927

He served as member of the International Olympic Committee in 1930–1933.[3] In 1933 he participated with Soviet Commissar of Foreign Affairs Maxim Litvinov in formulating the Convention on the Definition of Aggression.

In 1935 served as Minister Plenipotentiary in Paris, and in that capacity supported the restoration of the Greek monarchy.[4]

Works (partial list)Edit

  • Les Emprunts d'Etat en Droit International (1894)
  • "Le Problème des Limitations de la Souveraineté et de la Théorie de l’Abus des Droits dans les Rapports Internationaux", 6 RdC (1925)
  • To chroniko mias politeias. Athens: Estia: The Tale of Town. Trans. K. Johnstone (1976)[5]


  1. ^ Note: Greece officially adopted the Gregorian calendar on 16 February 1923 (which became 1 March). All dates prior to that, unless specifically denoted, are Old Style.
  2. ^ Time Magazine, Sep. 30, 1929
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  4. ^ "Greek Legations Aid Monarchists; Nicolas Politis, Minister to Paris, Notable Addition to the Royalist Movement" New York Times, May 28, 1935
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See Also thesis defense