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.

Infobae | 31-Jan-2022
Huawei anunció el domingo haber activado un procedimiento de arbitraje contra Suecia, ante el Grupo del Banco Mundial, tras la prohibición al gigante chino de telecomunicaciones de vender sus productos 5G en el país nórdico.
Le Soleil | 31-Jan-2022
Huawei a déclaré dimanche avoir déclenché une procédure d’arbitrage contre la Suède, après l’interdiction faite au géant chinois des télécoms de vendre ses produits 5G dans le pays nordique.
Dunya News | 31-Jan-2022
Huawei said that it has initiated arbitration proceedings against Sweden under the World Bank Group after the Nordic country banned the Chinese tech giant from rolling out its 5G products.
CIAR Global | 27-Jan-2022
La Corporación Nacional del Cobre de Chile (Codelco), Exploraciones Mineras Andinas S.A. e Inversiones Copperfield SPA ha presentado un arbitraje contra la República de Ecuador ante el Centro Internacional de Arreglo de Diferencias relativas a Inversiones (CIADI) registrado por su Secretaría General el 25 de enero de 2022.
Climate Home News | 26-Jan-2022
Campaigners say the UK and Switzerland are defending fossil fuel interests in Energy Charter Treaty modernisation talks to tempt firms to relocate their HQs.
Courthouse News | 26-Jan-2022
The European Court of Justice backed the EU bloc’s authority to challenge arbitration payments in a dispute between a pair of beverage moguls and the Romanian government.
Mint | 26-Jan-2022
As part of the settlement reached with the Indian government over the levy of back taxes, the company has withdrawn all cases that were brought to collect the tax refund ordered by an international arbitration tribunal.
IISD | 24-Jan-2022
The fossil fuel industry is the most litigious industry in the ISDS system by number of cases, accounting for almost 20% of the total known ISDS cases across all sectors.
Ary News | 21-Jan-2022
Pakistan and Tethyan Copper Company (TCC) have agreed over 50 percent shares, likely paving way for averting a multi-billion-dollar fine imposed on Pakistan.
CIAR Global | 20-Jan-2022
Crystallex puede seguir luchando por los activos de Citgo, la empresa matriz de Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), para ejecutar el laudo internacional.

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