Arbitration pursuant to Article 32 of the Constitution of the Universal Postal Union (The State of Qatar v. The Arab Republic of Egypt)

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 6 October 2021. In accordance with Article 153 of the General Regulations of the Universal Postal Union, the arbitral proceedings were confidential.

Case information

Name(s) of Claimant(s) The State of Qatar (- N/A -)
Name(s) of Respondent(s) The Arab Republic of Egypt (- N/A -)
Names of Parties -
Case number 2020-26
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)

Mr. Essam Mohamed Elsaghir Nasr

Former Chairman, Egypt Post


As Representative and Agent


Ambassador Hwaida Essam Abd-El Rahman

Assistant Foreign Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Ambassador Hisham Seifeldin

Ambassador of Egypt to the Swiss Confederation


Ambassador Khaled Mahmoud Ahmed ElKhamry

Ambassador, Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Dr. Mohamed Helal

First Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Mrs. Hadir Samy Ibrahim Elsayed Saoudy

Third Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs


As Representatives


Professor Payam Akhavan, Massey College, University of Toronto

Professor Mohamed Amr, Cairo University

Dr. Naomi Hart, Essex Court Chambers

Ms. Jackie McArthur, Essex Court Chambers


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 06 October 2021
Length of Proceedings 3-4 years
Additional notes -