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Prodromou, Zena

Dr. Zena Prodromou

Direct Tel: +32 2 416 5011
Tel: +32 2 416 5000 Fax: +32 2 416 5100

Dr. Zena Prodromou is Of Counsel in Quinn Emanuel’s Brussels office, where she specializes in EU and Greek competition and regulatory law, international arbitration and litigation and private international law. Her practice also covers state aid, public procurement and international trade including the application of restrictive measures and sanctions rules. She represents clients before the EU courts, national authorities and arbitral tribunals and has experience with WTO proceedings.  Zena accepts instructions to act as an arbitrator and is featured in the rosters held by various international institutions, including the Swiss Arbitration Association, the Vienna International Arbitration Centre and the Dubai International Financial Centre – LCIA.

Zena is also member of the firm’s Environmental, Social and Governance, ESG Litigation practice. In this context, she advises business on their compliance with human rights obligations under international and European law and litigates cases before international standing human rights courts and committees, including the European Court of Human Rights.

Prior to joining Quinn Emanuel, Zena was an associate at the Brussels office of a leading US firm and before that an associate at a boutique litigation practice, where she was mainly involved in contentious matters, including high profile state aid and parallel trade cases before the General Court of the EU. Zena has defended a major multinational pharma company and the leading telecommunications company against abuse of dominance allegations before the Hellenic Competition Commission and the Hellenic Telecommunications and Post Commission respectively and has successfully acted for an industry association in an information exchange investigation. She has worked as research assistant at Cambridge and Harvard in the fields of International Trade and Comparative Constitutional Law and has gained litigation experience in London barristers’ chambers. During her doctorate studies she was an external fellow at the International Max Planck Research School on Successful Dispute Resolution in Luxembourg.

Zena is regularly invited to speak on topics related to EU law and international dispute resolution. Her monograph on “The Public order exception in international trade, investment, human rights and commercial disputes” has been published by Kluwer International.

  • University of Basel
  • (Ph.D., International Dispute Resolution, 2019)
    • External Fellow at the International Max Planck Research School on Successful Dispute Resolution, 2015-2019
  • Harvard Law School
  • (LL.M., Antitrust, Investment Arbitration and International Trade, 2014)
  • University of Cambridge
  • (LL.M., EU Law and International Commercial Litigation, First Class Honors, 2012)
  • Aristotle University
  • (Law Degree, summa cum laude, 2011)
  • (License de Droit, Exchange Student, Université Robert Schuman, 2009)
  • Bar of England and Wales (Middle Temple) 
  • Thessaloniki Bar, Greece, Supreme Court
  • Registered at the E-list of the Brussels Bar, Belgium
  • English
  • Greek
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Chapter “EU Public Procurement” in “Architect’s Legal Handbook”, Tenth Edition, Taylor & Francis (2021)
  • “The public policy exception under Article V(2)(b) of the New York Convention in the time of Covid-19”, Young ICCA Blog and Kluwer Arbitration Blog, February 2021
  • “Book presentation: The public order exception in international trade, investment, human rights and commercial disputes”, ILA Reporter Australia, October 2020
  • Author, “The Public Order Exception in International Trade, Investment, Human Rights and Commercial Disputes”. Kluwer Law International, (2020).
  • “From internationalism to cosmopolitanism: using domestic public law reference mechanisms to legitimize the full review of sovereign macroeconomic policies in investment arbitration”, Indian Journal of International Arbitration, Volume 7, Issue 1 (July 2018). 
  • Chapter, “Distribution” in Competition Law of the European Union, Second and Third Editions, LexisNexis (2017 and 2018). 
  • Speaker, “Parties to an Arbitration Agreement”, Lecture given to Association for International Arbitration's Brussels Arbitration School (October 2017).
  • Speaker, “Arbitration and EU Competition Law: A Discussion of the Recent Case-law”, Private Enforcement of Competition Law, conference organized by the University of East Anglia Law School’s Centre for Competition Policy (September 2017).
  • Speaker, “TTIP: a story of changes, challenges and concessions - the way to a Standing Court of Arbitration”, Arbitration and EU Law, seminar organized by Association of International Arbitration (May 2016).
  • Speaker, “Arbitration and Third Parties”, Lecture given to Brussels School of Arbitration (December 2015).