investor-state disputes | ISDS

Investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) refers to a way of handling conflicts under international investment agreements whereby companies from one party are allowed to sue the government of another party. This means they can file a complaint and seek compensation for damages. Many BITs and investment chapters of FTAs allow for this if the investor’s expectation of a profit has been negatively affected by some action that the host government took, such as changing a policy. The dispute is normally handled not in a public court but through a private abritration panel. The usual venues where these proceedings take place are the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (World Bank), the International Chamber of Commerce, the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law or the International Court of Justice.

ISDS is a hot topic right now because it is being challenged very strongly by concerned citizens in the context of the EU-US TTIP negotiations, the TransPacific Partnership talks and the CETA deal between Canada and the EU.

CIAR Global | 18-May-2022
La cementera estadounidense Sargeant Petroleum ha presentado un arbitraje de inversiones contra República Dominicana por un contrato de concesión de materiales asfálticos.
Reuters | 18-May-2022
US-based oil producer Talos Energy has temporarily suspended pursuit of an arbitration claim against Mexico amid high-level talks over one of the country’s flagship offshore projects.
bnamericas | 18-May-2022
Mining companies are continuing to face political and community headwinds in Guatemala, as authorities push on with consultations needed to lift suspensions that have crippled the industry in recent years.
Euractiv | 18-May-2022
Davantage d’États membres de l’Union européenne ont manifesté leur impatience à l’égard de la réforme en cours du Traité sur la Charte de l’énergie qui entrave les efforts visant à éliminer les combustibles fossiles.
Euractiv | 17-May-2022
More European Union countries have shown signs of impatience with the ongoing reform of the Energy Charter Treaty, which critics say impedes efforts to phase out fossil fuels, according to leaked diplomatic cables.
The Guardian | 17-May-2022
One of the biggest barriers will be the legal infrastructure that oil and gas companies and some coal companies have constructed to defend their investments, through treaties like the energy charter treaty.
Reuters | 13-May-2022
Russia’s top lender Sberbank initiated investment arbitration proceedings against Ukraine after its parliament approved a presidential decree allowing for the forced seizure of Sberbank-owned assets in the country.
CIAR Global | 12-May-2022
España ha sido condenada en el arbitraje con Renergy, empresa con sede en Luxemburgo, ante un panel CIADI que ha valorado las pérdidas producidas por los cambios normativos de las energías renovables en 33 millonse de dólares.
El Sol de Mexico | 12-May-2022
El monto representa apenas tres por ciento de la suma que POSH reclamó a México desde 2018, de 227 millones de dólares.
CNCD 11.11.11 | 12-May-2022
Du 16 au 20 mai 2022 a lieu le dernier cycle de négociations sur la modernisation du Traité sur la Charte de l’énergie (TCE) avant la Conférence ministérielle ad hoc du 24 juin, où l’objectif sera de conclure un accord politique sur la réforme en cours.

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