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.

IISD | 6-Jul-2022
The dispute pertained to an investment made by Westmoreland Coal Company, a US‑incorporated company, in two Canadian enterprises in April 2014.
IISD | 6-Jul-2022
Experts took particular concern with the fact that most investment treaties do not oblige arbitrators to take into account international agreements on climate change when adjudicating cases.
IISD | 6-Jul-2022
Les experts se sont dit particulièrement préoccupés par le fait que la plupart des traités d’investissement ne contraignent pas les arbitres à tenir compte des accords internationaux sur le changement climatique.
Business Wire | 5-Jul-2022
Tan Tao Investment & Industry Corporation launched a billion-dollar arbitration proceeding against Vietnam under the agreement between the United States and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
SeeNews | 5-Jul-2022
UK-listed Ascent Resources and its Slovenian joint venture partner Geoenergo have initiated the mediation process under a dispute resolution mechanism.
bilaterals.org | 5-Jul-2022
Lettre publique de la société civile méxicaine, européene et internationale, 4 juillet 2022
bilaterals.org | 5-Jul-2022
Statement of the Mexican, European and international civil society, 4 July 2022
Semanario Universidad | 4-Jul-2022
Empresario pretendía una indemnización por cierre temporal de planta procesadora de más de $100 millones ante el Centro Internacional de Arreglo de Diferencias Relativas a Inversiones.
Lexology | 4-Jul-2022
Spain’s recognition of the autonomy plan for Western Sahara proposed by Morocco has escalated diplomatic tensions between Spain and Algeria.

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