Born in Kalamata, Peloponnese in 1950, Prokopis Pavlopoulos graduated from high school in his native city and moved to Athens as a student at the Law School of the University of Athens in 1968.
He is married to Vlassia Pavlopoulou-Peltsemi and they have three children: Vassilis, who is an attorney-at-law, Maria, a French language and literature graduate and Zoe, a nursery teacher.
In 1974 was Secretary to the first President of the 3rd Hellenic Republic, Michail Stasinopoulos; the two men had developed a close relationship during the junta in Greece (1967-1974) when Mr Stasinopoulos was under house arrest.
He studied law at Université de Paris II on a scholarship by the French Government, and was awarded his postgraduate studies Diplôme d’études approfondies (DEA) in 1975 and his doctorate in Public Law in 1977 with honourable mention.
In 1978-79 he served his military service in Greece.
He then entered the academia as a lecturer (1981), assistant professor (1983), associate professor (1986) and professor of Public Lαw (1989) at the Athens University Law School.
In 1986 he was elected Visiting Professor at Université de Paris II.
He has published extensively books, papers and articles which have received peer recognition and acclaim.
In the general elections of 1996 he was elected State deputy with the New Democracy Party while in 2000, 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2012 he was elected Member of Parliament representing the 1st Athens constituency. He has been Deputy Minister of the Presidency and Spokesman for the Zolotas Coalition Government (1989-1990), Legal Advisor to the President of the Hellenic Republic, Constantinos Karamanlis (1990-1995), Spokesman for the New Democracy Party (1995-1997), Parliamentary Spokesman for the New Democracy Party (2000-2004), Minister of Interior, Public Administration and Decentralisation (2004-2007) and Minister of Interior (2007-2009).