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.

Mediapart | 23-Oct-2021
L ’actionnaire majoritaire du projet minier de la Montagne d’or demande à l’État français de l’indemniser pour non-respect de ses investissements. Une procédure d’arbitrage international est en cours.
CIAR Global | 22-Oct-2021
La compañía estadounidense Metlife se une a aseguradoras como Chilena Consolidada y la también estadounidense Ohio y ha enviado un aviso de intención de acudir a arbitraje al Gobierno chileno iniciando el procedimiento que da paso a las negociaciones previas para evitar el arbitraje internacional por el adelanto de rentas vitalicias.
Dawn | 22-Oct-2021
Pakistan will renegotiate all bilateral investment treaties (BITs) on the basis of new BIT template being finalised by the government, a top official of the Board of Investment said.
Animal Político | 20-Oct-2021
Entre 1995 y 2020 se han presentado 303 demandas en contra de países de América Latina y el Caribe, siendo la segunda región más demandada del mundo. Los inversionistas han obtenido resultados favorables en un 62,6% de los casos y las demandas les han costado a los gobiernos alrededor de 32.141 millones de dólares.
New Straits Times | 20-Oct-2021
Sudan’s government confiscated Petronas’s assets on the grounds that they were acquired "through illegal means" during Omar al-Bashir’s regime. Some argue that Sudan is turning on its allies "under the pretext of fighting corruption".
The Economic Times | 19-Oct-2021
Devas Multimedia’s investors are eyeing several properties owned by the Indian government across the world, as they seek to enforce a $1.3 billion arbitral award the satellite company won against Antri.
Radio Uchile | 18-Oct-2021
Un proceso de consulta, como el iniciado por Principal, es un mecanismo establecido en los TLC para resolver controversias entre empresas y los Estados de una manera negociada.
The Express Tribune | 18-Oct-2021
Turkish construction company Bayindir filed a claim under the 1995 Turkey-Pakistan bilateral investment treaty at the ICSID on October 12.
Lawyer Monthly | 18-Oct-2021
Air Canada was awarded $20,790,574 million as repatriation, an amount to which it was entitled after set off against sums that were also owed to Venezuela.
OHCHR | 15-Oct-2021
UN experts today called on States to ensure that international investment agreements do not provide a “safe harbour” for investors to abuse the human rights of individuals and communities.

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