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.

Razón Pública | 28-Mar-2022
Con la venta del 20 % del proyecto de oro Soto Norte a la multinacional Aris Gold, renace la tensión sobre las licencias ambientales en el páramo de Santurbán. Este es el problema de fondo, y esta es la solución que debe darle el gobierno.
| 28-Mar-2022
The question is whether states wish to cede a significant portion of their sovereignty to ISDS tribunals, giving them the authority to decide which state measures taken in the public interest are legitimate.
Vicat | 25-Mar-2022
L’accord met fin à la procédure d’arbitrage entre l’Égypte et la société française devant le Centre international pour le règlement des différends relatifs aux investissements (CIRDI).
notimérica | 25-Mar-2022
El CIADI ordena a Venezuela pagar al Grupo Agroinsumos Ibero-Americanos la suma de US$1.629.000.000,00 como compensación por su incumplimiento del acuerdo España-Venezuela
Allen & Overy | 24-Mar-2022
This note focuses on the relevant international law considerations, including the possible remedies that investors may seek in respect of these measures under international investment law.
EU Observer | 24-Mar-2022
Environmentalists and energy experts have been warning for years over an obscure trade deal that could lock Europe into decades of fossil fuel use.
Romania-Insider | 21-Mar-2022
The ICSID arbitral tribunal on March 16 this year admitted it had no jurisdiction concerning the applicant Germen and rejected as inadmissible Alverley’s application.
Diario Financiero | 21-Mar-2022
En 2019 el Centro Internacional de Arreglo de Diferencias Relativas a Inversiones falló que el gobierno de Pakistán debía pagar US$ 5.900 millones a la empresa Tethyan Copper Company.
Breageek News | 21-Mar-2022
Barrick Gold a mis fin à un différend de longue date avec le Pakistan et va maintenant commencer à développer l’un des plus grands projets miniers d’or et de cuivre au monde.
The Express Tribune | 21-Mar-2022
In 2019, the ICSID tribunal had given an award over $6 billion against Pakistan to the TCC. At the same time, the London Court of Arbitration also imposed another $4 billion fine on Pakistan.

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