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.

The Australian Financial Review | 15-Nov-2022
In a big win for unions and “fair trade” campaigners, Australian Trade Minister will announce government’s vow to strip future free trade agreements of investor-state dispute settlement clauses and water them down in existing deals.
CNCD 11.11.11 | 14-Nov-2022
La modernisation du Traité sur la Charte de l’énergie, qui permet à des investisseurs de poursuivre devant des tribunaux d’arbitrage privés des États qui sortent des énergies fossiles, est insuffisante pour le rendre cohérent avec les objectifs climatiques.
Euractiv | 14-Nov-2022
The German government has announced its intention to withdraw from the Energy Charter Treaty, following similar decisions in other large EU countries, which left activists jubilant.
Reuters | 14-Nov-2022
The report suggests that progress on IIA reform is critical to enable countries to address the challenges of climate change.
The Australian Financial Review | 14-Nov-2022
Massive compensation claims loom over the Australian government’s gas market intervention, with lawyers warning price caps and windfall profit taxes could lead to legal action under trade agreements.
La Tribune | 14-Nov-2022
Cette convention permet aux géants de l’énergie de se retourner contre les États signataires qui mèneraient des politiques climatiques défavorables à leurs investissements. Dans le même temps, l’Allemagne va ratifier l’accord CETA.
Prospera | 10-Nov-2022
In accordance with the Dominican Republic–Central America–United States Free Trade Agreement, Honduras Próspera Inc. and its affiliates submit to the Republic of Honduras this written notice of their intention to submit claims to arbitration.
Le Courrier | 9-Nov-2022
Au terme d’un différend de plus de vingt ans, l’Etat chilien a été condamné à verser des dommages et intérêts à El Clarín de Chile, quotidien emblématique de l’époque d’Allende, démantibulé et exproprié lors du coup d’Etat de 1973.
Dawn | 9-Nov-2022
In Pakistan, the provincial assemblies will pass special resolutions, and the parliament will provide constitutional cover to a new binding document — Foreign Investment (Promotion and Protection) Act (FIPPA), 2022.
EESC | 9-Nov-2022
A new model for international investment governance needs to be developed, in order to fill the significant gap between the investment system on the one hand and effective protection of labour rights and the environment on the other.

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