Arbitration pursuant to Article 32 of the Constitution of the Universal Postal Union (The State of Qatar v. The Kingdom of Bahrain)

In a notice to initiate arbitration dated 20 September 2018, the State of Qatar invoked Article 32 of the Constitution of the Universal Postal Union, which provides that “[i]n the event of a dispute between two or more member countries concerning the interpretation of the Acts of the Union or the responsibility imposed on a member country by the application of those Acts, the question at issue shall be settled by arbitration”. The constitution of the Tribunal was completed on 29 May 2020. Pursuant to Article 153 of the General Regulations of the Universal Postal Union, the arbitration proceedings are confidential.

Case information

Name(s) of Claimant(s) The State of Qatar (- N/A -)
Name(s) of Respondent(s) The Kingdom of Bahrain (- N/A -)
Names of Parties -
Case number 2020-25
Administering institution Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA)
Case status Pending
Type of case Inter-state arbitration
Subject matter or economic sector -
Procedural rules - Other -
Treaty or contract under which proceedings were commenced

Multilateral treaty

Language of Proceeding Arabic
Seat of Arbitration (by Country) - N/A -
Arbitrator(s), Conciliator(s), Other Neutral(s)

Sir Michael Wood KCMG (President)

Professor Ove Bring

Ambassador James Droushiotis

Representatives of the Claimant(s)

Dr. Mohammed Abdulaziz Al-Khulaifi

Legal Adviser to H.E. the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar, Dean of the College of Law, Qatar University


As Agent


Mr. Abdulla Al-Nuaimi

Deputy Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva


Mr. Nasser Al-Hamad

Legal Adviser


As Representatives


Dr. Constantinos Salonidis, Foley Hoag LLP

Mr. Lawrence Martin, Foley Hoag LLP

Professor Pierre d’Argent, Louvain University, Foley Hoag LLP

Ms. Christina Beharry, Foley Hoag LLP

Ms. Theresa Roosevelt, Foley Hoag LLP

Mr. Joseph Klingler, Foley Hoag LLP

Mr. Peter Tzeng, Foley Hoag LLP

Professor Ioannis Konstantinidis, Qatar University


As Counsel

Representatives of the Respondent(s)

H.E. Ambassador Yusuf Abdulkarim Bucheeri

Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva


As Agent


Mr. Devashish Krishan

Legal Adviser, Court of H.R.H. the Crown Prince of Bahrain


As Representative


Dr. Georgios Petrochilos, Three Crowns LLP

Ms. Alexandra van der Meulen, Three Crowns LLP

Ms. Amelia Keene, Three Crowns LLP

Ms. Julia Sherman, Three Crowns LLP


As Counsel

Representatives of the Parties
Number of Arbitrators in case 3
Date of commencement of proceeding 20 September 2018
Date of issue of final award -
Length of Proceedings Pending
Additional notes -