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

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 an agreement of the Parties, the proceedings were terminated by the Tribunal on 15 February 2022. In accordance with Article 153 of the General Regulations of the Universal Postal Union, the arbitration proceedings were confidential.

Case information

Name(s) of Claimant(s) The State of Qatar (- N/A -)
Name(s) of Respondent(s) The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (- N/A -)
Names of Parties -
Case number 2020-27
Administering institution Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA)
Case status Concluded
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)

Dr. Abdulaziz Alwasil

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


As Agent


Mr. Shafi Bajad Alotaibi

Director of the Legal Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Mr. Nasser Hatem Almansour

Director General of International Affairs, Saudi Post


As Representatives


Dr. Gavan Griffith QC, Essex Court Chambers

Professor Chester Brown, Essex Court Chambers

Mr. Luka Misetic, Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP

Ms. Miriam Harwood, Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP

Mr. David Colson, Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP

Mr. Brian Vohrer, Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP

Mr. Khalid A. Al-Thebity, Khalid Al-Thebity Law Firm in Affiliation with Squire Patton Boggs


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 More than 3 years
Additional notes -