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.

Explique moi le commerce | 4-Jan-2022
Comment et pourquoi les multinationales peuvent-elles mettre en justice les Etats?
América Economía | 3-Jan-2022
La firma estatal chilena dijo que quiere un arbitraje para proteger el proyecto e impulsar el cumplimiento de derechos como los previstos en el Tratado para la Promoción y Protección Recíproca de Inversiones que tienen Chile y Ecuador.
La Información | 3-Jan-2022
El Ciadi ha aceptado un nuevo arbitraje entre el operador de gas y el Gobierno de Pedro Castillo, que se opone a que el grupo español traslade fuera del territorio peruano los beneficios que obtiene en el país.
The Hindu | 3-Jan-2022
The shareholders had sought the right to seize all sum or moveable property of India and/or AAI being held by the International Air Transport Association.
The Express Tribune | 3-Jan-2022
Pakistan federal govt officials tell lawmakers talks under way that may pave way for TCC’s Barrack to resume project.
Reuters | 3-Jan-2022
Chile’s state-controlled Codelco requested a second international arbitration process with Ecuador and its National Mining Company (Enami EP) over the Llurimagua copper project.
Market Research Telecast | 3-Jan-2022
Enagás considers that the future dividends of this project amount to 186 million dollars that would be added to the almost 400 million that it hopes to recover from the other arbitration.
IISD | 23-Dec-2021
L’analyse de l’approche existante adoptée par les tribunaux ne laisse que peu d’espoir quant à la capacité des tribunaux à comprendre et à appliquer le principe du développement durable.
IISD | 23-Dec-2021
The analysis of the existing approach adopted by tribunals does not give rise to much hope of ICSID tribunals’ ability to understand and apply the principle of sustainable development.
IISD | 23-Dec-2021
Les discussions sur une décision sur les ADPIC en lien avec la Covid-19 et visant à accélérer la production et la distribution équitable de vaccins et de médicaments se poursuivent mais les accords d’investissement en sont absents.

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