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.

CIAR Global | 29-Apr-2022
El Ministerio de Desarrollo Agrario y Riego (Midagri) ha comunicado el acuerdo al que ha llegado con la concesionaria del proyecto Chavicmochic, formada por las brasileñas Odebrecht y Graña y Montero, para suspender el laudo del arbitraje y reiniciar los trabajos del proyecto de irrigación.
EFE Verde | 28-Apr-2022
Ecologistas en Acción se ha manifestado frente al Congreso de los Diputados denunciando el «lavado verde» de los combustibles fósiles y el Tratado de la Carta de la Energía.
La Jornada | 28-Apr-2022
Frustrados quedaron los vendepatrias de administraciones anteriores y empresas mineras que se salivaban con el litio de nuestro país. Advierten que la nacionalización del litio en México contraviene al T-MEC.
La Diaria | 28-Apr-2022
Montecon inició el proceso previo a la demanda contra el Estado uruguayo ante un arbitraje internacional, al activar los mecanismos de solución de controversias previstos en tratados de promoción y protección de inversiones.
Casino.org | 28-Apr-2022
After years of dispute, the ICSID ruled last November that the province of Salta must pay an eight-figure sum as compensation. Argentina has only now decided to appeal the decision.
Reuters | 28-Apr-2022
A Mexican law that nationalizes its future lithium industry violates its trade obligations under the CPTPP, the International Chamber of Commerce said.
Client Earth | 27-Apr-2022
Withdrawal from the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) is the only realistic way for the European Union to fix the outdated treaty’s incompatibility with the EU’s own laws, a new in-depth legal study has found.
Kluwer Arbitration Blog | 25-Apr-2022
The 2019 Moroccan Model BIT is a good example of the growing body of ‘new generation’ Model BITs fuelling the ISDS reform conversation.
Trend | 25-Apr-2022
Kyrgyzstan government deposited with the World Bank a document on the ratification of the ICSID Convention, thereby completing the process of joining the world’s leading institution for resolving international investment disputes.
Kluwer Arbitration Blog | 21-Apr-2022
ISDS in Latin America is here to stay. While disputes in sectors such as pensions and telecoms are becoming more common in the region, we expect to see a ripening of COVID-related, tech and energy disputes.

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