By Advocates4Earth Press and Communications Desk
Greece elected an environmentalist as the State’s first female president in January 2020. Katerina Sakellaropoulou (64) a former judge of the Council of State received 261 votes out of 300 from parliament.
Sakellaropoulou was born in Thessaloniki. She studied law at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and completed her postgraduate studies at public law at Paris II University. In the mid-1980s, she was admitted to the Council of State and she was promoted to councillor in 2000.
She publishes regularly in academic journals. She contributed to the book Financial crisis and environmental protection on the case law of the Council of State (Papazisis Publications 2017)
According to The Guardian newspaper, ‘Sakellaropoulou’ s sensitivity to civil liberties, ecological issues and minority rights, prompted the then left-wing administration to propel her to the post.’
Sakellaropoulou reportedly has sensitivity towards animals and the environment and held the position of the president of the Hellenic Society for Environmental Law since 2015. She also taught Environmental Law at the National School of Judges (2005-2014).
She has worked on cases of environmental concern, such as the diversion of Acheloos River in Thessaly and the preservation of the historic refugee buildings on Alexandras Avenue.
The ruling conservative New Democracy party elected Sakellaropoulou, but she received support from the main opposition party Syriza, and the centre-left Movement for Change, too.
Sakellaropoulou will succeed current President Prokopis Pavlopoulos when Pavlopoulos’s five-year term expires in March.
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