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.

S2B Network | 6-Jul-2021
More than 400 are calling on political leaders across all European countries to prioritise climate policies, to stick to their climate commitments, and therefore to initiate withdrawal from the Energy Charter Treaty by COP26.
Total Croatia News | 6-Jul-2021
Four arbitration cases brought by banks against Croatia before the ICSID connected with the conversion of CHF-denominated loans were suspended on 30 June.
L’actualité | 5-Jul-2021
TC Énergie a déclaré qu’elle réclamerait plus de 15 milliards $ US au gouvernement américain à la suite de la révocation d’un permis pour la construction de l’oléoduc Keystone XL.
AFTINET | 5-Jul-2021
TC Energy has lodged a US$15 billion Investor-State Dispute Settlement claim against the US government.
Le Matinal | 5-Jul-2021
Les tentatives de Dawood Rawat de renverser un jugement antérieur ont échoué devant le Tribunal de Première Instance de Bruxelles.
France 24 | 2-Jul-2021
El presidente de la mayor organización indígena de Ecuador, Leonidas Iza, expresó el jueves su rechazo a la política de libre comercio que impulsa el gobierno de Guillermo Lasso, así como al retorno del país al CIADI.
OLCA | 2-Jul-2021
El Tratado de la Carta de la Energía, creado específicamente para el sector energético en 1991, es uno de los acuerdos que cuentan con este mecanismo de resolución de controversias. De hecho, es el tratado que más demandas entre inversores y Estado ha generado a nivel mundial.
CEO | 30-Jun-2021
Estamos en el noreste de Eslovenia en una pequeña comunidad llamada Petišovci. Es aquí donde la empresa británica Ascent Resources pretendía extraer gas mediante fracking.
CEO | 30-Jun-2021
Nous sommes au nord-est de la Slovénie dans une petite communauté qui s’appelle Petišovci. C’est ici qu’une société britannique appelée Ascent Resources voulait exploiter du gaz de schiste.
CEO | 30-Jun-2021
Amid the climate and environmental emergency, a British oil and gas company is threatening to sue Slovenia for requiring an environmental impact assessment for a controversial gas fracking project.

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