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.

Sierra Nevada Ally | 28-Jul-2022
However, locals feel latent tension that the imminent consultation process or the arbitration suit could revive earlier threats, violence, and legal persecution from company employees and contractors.
Investigate Europe | 27-Jul-2022
European governments are still considering withdrawal from the Energy Charter Treaty, despite the EU Commission’s efforts to modernise the controversial pact, documents leaked to Investigate Europe reveal.
Energy Voice | 26-Jul-2022
Germany has agreed to buy a stake in Uniper. The deal is subject to Uniper withdrawing a lawsuit against the Netherlands in connection with the Energy Charter Treaty.
CIAR Global | 25-Jul-2022
La representante comercial de Estados Unidos, Katherine Tai, anunció el miércoles una impugnación formal a la política energética de México, invocando múltiples secciones del actual acuerdo comercial de América del Norte (T-MEC) en una solicitud de consultas.
Les Echos | 25-Jul-2022
La résiliation de plusieurs contrats de concession et les politiques protectionnistes du président Andrés Manuel López Obrador dans l’énergie suscitent la colère des investisseurs étrangers.
JDSupra | 22-Jul-2022
The model BIT aims to balance two objectives: the attraction of foreign direct investment to African states and the promotion of sustainable development.
OpinioJuris | 21-Jul-2022
Unsatisfyingly, ISDS permits international investment law to exist in a vacuum that enables those tasked with adjudicating disputes to turn a blind eye to international humanitarian law norms.
CIAR Global | 18-Jul-2022
El Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) ha obtenido una indemnización de 105 millones de dólares en el arbitraje de inversiones presentado contra Bolivia ante un tribunal del Centro Internacional de Arreglo de Diferencias relativas a Inversiones (CIADI).
Energy Monitor | 18-Jul-2022
Despite warnings that new oil and gas fields must be banned for the world to decarbonise by 2050, treaty signatories will protect fossil fuel production for at least another decade.

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