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
Washington, D.C.




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 group, with an acknowledged depth of experience in public international law.

His experience in public international law includes representation of States in inter-State disputes, proceedings before international organizations, including human rights bodies, and investor-State arbitration disputes, as well as advisory work for governments in connection with sovereignty, treaty, investment, diplomatic and other public international law matters. He has also represented States before the International Court of Justice, where he is currently involved in several ongoing cases, and in ad hoc arbitration disputes arising out of international treaties.

Recognized by Chambers Global 2019 as "an accomplished international lawyer with a superb grasp of regional politics and history", he is praised by clients for the quality of his advice, which is "always technically precise, practical and timely".

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, PCA, 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.

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 these and other topics have been delivered in diverse locations, including the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, Europe and the United States. In his latest book, The Iran-UAE Gulf Islands Dispute (Brill/Nijhoff publishers, 2018), he offers an international law analysis of the conflict between the United Arab Emirates and Iran over sovereign ownership of three Gulf islands located just outside the Strait of Hormuz.


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