Dr Zena Prodromou is an international lawyer and academic. She is a Senior Associate in the Brussels office of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP and an affiliated member at the Institute of European Law at KU Leuven. 

She specializes in EU Law (with particular emphasis on competition law, state aid, public procurement and merger control) and International Law (public international law, international human rights law, investment arbitration, WTO law and law of the international organizations). She represents clients before EU, regional and international courts (standing and arbitral), international organs and domestic authorities. She has acted before the General Court of the EU, the European Commission as well as national competition authorities including in cases such as Air Canada v. European Commission and Qualcomm/NXP, which was voted as matter of the year for 2017 by Global Competition Review. She has participated in both investment and commercial arbitrations pursuant to the ICSID, CEPANI and ICC rules respectively and has also acted as secretary to a number of cases before the Court of Arbitration for Sports.

Zena accepts instructions to act as an arbitrator and is featured in the rosters held by various international arbitral institutions. 

Her monograph on “The Public order exception in international trade, investment, human rights and commercial disputes” was published by Kluwer International (2020). She is regularly invited to speak on topics related to EU law and international dispute resolution and contributes chapters to collective publications and leading textbooks. Her articles have been featured in various law reviews and journals.

Zena graduated with honors from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2011, LLB), the University of Cambridge (2012, LLM) and Harvard Law School (2014, LLM). In 2019, she received her doctorate from the University of Basel (magna cum laude). During her doctorate studies, she was an external fellow of the International Max Planck Research School on Successful Dispute Resolution in Luxembourg.


academic projects

research positions & fellowships

critical legal studies & international law 

Harvard Summer Academic Fellowship, Summer 2014, field: WTO law

Research Assistant, Harvard Law School, academic year 2013-2014, field: comparative constitutional law

Research Assistant, University of Cambridge, Summer 2012, field: EU institutional law and trade law


Certificate of Achievement on Summer Courses in International Human Rights Law & International Criminal and Humanitarian Law; Fondation René Cassin, Strasbourg, France (2021)

Certificate on International Commercial Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution; Pace Law School, New York, USA (2015)

Private International Law Session (directed studies programme); The Hague Academy of International Law; The Hague, Netherlands (2012)

Certificate on Human Rights Law, The UNESCO Chair on Education for Human Rights, Democracy and Peace, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (2011)

Diploma of Comparative Law (first circle), International Faculty of Comparative Law, Université Robert Schuman, Strasbourg, France (2009)