Nikos Dendias was born in Corfu. His family origins are from the island of Paxos.
He graduated from the Athens College and was a student with honors at the Athens University Law School. He was awarded the post graduate degree of Master of Laws (L.L.M.) of the University of London, specializing in Maritime and Insurance Law at the University College London (U.C.L.) and in Criminology at the London School of Economics and Political Science (L.S.E.).
He is a Supreme Court lawyer .
He speaks English and Italian.
He joined the Nea Dimokratia political party in 1978. He was a member of the Nea Dimokratia’s Student Association DAP/NDFK, of the Students’ Secretariat of the Nea Dimokratia Youth Organization (ONNED) and of the ONNED newspaper editorial board “Dimokratiki Protoporia from 1979 until 1981”.
In March 2004 he was elected Member of the Parliament for Corfu and then he was re-elected in September 2007, in October 2009 and in June 2012, occupying the only seat of Nea Dimokratia in Corfu.
He served as Minister of Justice in the Nea Dimokratia Government for the time period from January 2009 until the national elections of the 4th October 2009.
In December 2009 he was appointed Head of the Citizen Protection Sector and one year later Parliamentary Spokesman for Nea Dimokratia, following the decisions taken by the Party’s President Antonis Samaras.
He has been a member in many Committees of the Parliament: Committee for the Revision of the Constitution, for Production & Trade, for Public Administration, for Public Order and Justice, Environment Protection and for Monitoring European Union Programmes as well as Nea Dimokratia’s Head of the Citizen Protection Sector.
Nikos Dendias was elected President of the Council of Europe Committee on Migration for the year 2013 and Vice President for 2012. He has been a member of the Committee since 2004.
He has also been a member of the Council of Europe Legal Affairs Committee.
From March 2008 until February 2009 he was President of the Hellenic Cancer Society Department in Corfu.
He is President of the “Eptanission Politeia” cultural association as well as member of the most associations and societies in Corfu, such as the Reading Society, the “Mantzaros” Philharmonic Society, the Environmental Protection Club etc.
Nikos Dendias is married to Daphni Lala and has two sons, Spyros and Stefanos.