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.

TASS | 2-Dec-2021
Former shareholders tried to collect $50 billion from Russia.
Ascent Resources | 1-Dec-2021
the Company is now pleased to announce that it has signed a binding damages-based agreement with Enyo Law LLP which will be advancing the disbursements which are expected to be incurred in the pursuit of the claim.
Business Recorder | 1-Dec-2021
Pakistan and Barrick Gold PLC Canada are said to have started negotiations to settle the dispute on Reko Diq as Antofagasta of Chile is seeking financial settlement of their share in the award of $6 billion.
Financial Tribune | 1-Dec-2021
Bahrain has been ordered by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague to pay over €200 million in damages plus costs to two Iranian banks for the unlawful moves against their operations.
L’Orient Le Jour | 1-Dec-2021
Téhéran s’est félicité dimanche de la récente condamnation de Bahreïn à verser plus de 200 millions d’euros de compensation à deux banques iraniennes expropriées par ce pays arabe du Golfe.
CIAR Global | 26-Nov-2021
La Procuraduría General del Estado de Ecuador ha anunciado el lanzamiento de un nuevo programa para prevenir que el Estado llegue al arbitraje internacional.
La Jornada | 25-Nov-2021
Las empresas extractivas no sólo son las que más utilizan el sistema de solución de controversias inversionista-Estado (ISDS por sus siglas en inglés), sino que también reciben las mayores recompensas.
Explique moi le commerce | 24-Nov-2021
Que va-t-il changer? Va-t-il être ratifié? Peut-il renforcer les droits humains en Chine? etc.
CNBC | 24-Nov-2021
Five fossil fuel companies are already known to be seeking over $18 billion in compensation from governments over energy policy changes and most of these have been brought via the Energy Charter Treaty.
Radio-Canada | 24-Nov-2021
L’entreprise TC Énergie a déposé une demande d’arbitrage en vertu des règles de l’ALENA demandant au gouvernement américain une compensation financière pour avoir annulé la construction du pipeline Keystone XL.

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