Nikolaos Politis

Biographical information

TypeIOC member
Full nameNikolaos Sokrates•Politis
Used nameNikolaos•Politis
Original nameΝικόλαος•Πολίτης
Born7 February 1872 in Kerkyra (Corfu) (GRE)
Died4 March 1942 in Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes (FRA)
NOC Greece


Nikolaos Politis was an international jurist and scholar who served as secretary-general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Greece from 1914-16 and as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1916-20. He had studied in France and in 1899 became a professor international law at Aix-le-Provence University, later teaching at the Universities of Poitiers and Paris.

Politis represented Greece at the Versailles Peace Conference at the end of World War I, and would later serve for many years as a delegate to the League of Nations, serving as President of the General Assembly in 1932. Politis was a peace activist who helped develop the Geneva Protocols and briefly in 1929 led the commission preparing for the World Conference for Limitation of Armaments. From 1937-40 he was Greek Minister to France. His sports involvement was minimal. He was appointed to the IOC in May 1930 and served three years, resigning in June 1933, but never attending an IOC Session.

Organization roles

Role Organization Tenure NOC As
Member International Olympic Committee 1930—1933 GRE Nikolaos Politis