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Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M.

University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, J.D.

University of California, Berkeley, B.A.


England and Wales, Registered Foreign Lawyer
District of Columbia


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Charles L. O. Buderi
PHONE: +44 20 7710 9803
FAX: +44 20 7710 9801
PHONE: +971 4 382 6100
FAX: +971 4 332 9215

Mr. Buderi is a partner in the international arbitration and oil & gas practice groups, with a particular depth of experience in public international law.

His experience in international arbitration and dispute resolution is wide-ranging and includes disputes related to the petroleum industry, international commercial transactions and infrastructure development. He has handled cases before various arbitral institutions, including ICSID, ICC, DIAC and DIFC-LCIA, and prior to private practice he served as a legal advisor at the Iran-US Claims Tribunal in The Hague. He also argued and won the first case to be brought before the Courts of the Dubai International Financial Centre.

His experience in public international law relates both to representation of States in international arbitration disputes and to the representation of governments in connection with sovereignty, treaty, investment, diplomatic and other public international law matters. His forthcoming book, The Iran-UAE Gulf Islands Dispute (Brill/Nijhoff publishers), offers an international law analysis of the conflict between Iran and the United Arab Emirates over ownership of three Gulf islands.

His experience in the energy industry includes privatizations, joint ventures, project finance, construction and development of energy infrastructure, including refineries, exploration and production facilities, pipelines and port facilities, and a wide range of commercial and contractual matters in the petroleum and petrochemical industries. All of this work has been done on behalf of national oil companies.

Mr. Buderi has published articles and lectured on topics related to territorial disputes, international arbitration, the law of the sea, the shipping industry, project finance and the development of energy infrastructure, as well as various other international law matters. His lectures on such topics have been delivered in diverse locations, including the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, Europe and the United States.


Dubai International Financial Centre Courts, full rights of audience


California State Bar Association
District of Columbia Bar Association
Law Society of England and Wales (Registered Foreign Lawyer)


Iran-United States Claims Tribunal
    Legal Advisor, 1988-1990

International Law Institute, Georgetown University
    International Law Fellow, 1984-1986

London Middle East Institute (SOAS)
    Advisory Council, 2005–2015


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