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.

La Jornada | 9-Nov-2022
México no está violando el Tratado México, Estados Unidos y Canadá (T-MEC) y no tiene porque pagar sanciones por las consultas solicitadas por Washington en materia energética, ya que sólo vigila el sistema eléctrico, aseguró Manuel Bartlett Díaz, director general de la Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE).
EJIL: Talk! | 8-Nov-2022
The Bureau of Economic Security of Ukraine (ESBU) seized the assets of one of Ukraine’s largest fuel retailers, AMIC Ukraine, the local subsidiary of AMIC Energy, an Austrian private equity firm.
CLT | 7-Nov-2022
Andreas Malm and the Zetkin Collective concluded their book White Skin, Black Fuel by approximating decarbonisation to slavery abolition: as long as fossil fuel capital exists it will ‘resist its own abolition’, just as slaveholding capital did in the past.
Kluwer Arbitration Blog | 7-Nov-2022
This article focuses on the implications of the revised text for dispute resolution under the ECT. We address the environmental focus of the anticipated reforms and conciliation of State-to-State disputes relating to sustainable development and climate change.
IISD | 7-Nov-2022
Cette affaire concerne un différend lancé contre la Roumanie par 10 investisseurs en réponse aux modifications apportées par la Roumanie à un régime d’incitation visant à attirer les investissements dans les sources d’énergie renouvelables.
IISD | 7-Nov-2022
In WGIII, states will need to prioritize the reforms that have the most impact in addressing their key concerns with the ISDS system.
IISD | 7-Nov-2022
Au sein du GT III, les États devront donner la priorité aux réformes qui ont le plus d’impact sur leurs principales préoccupations concernant le système RDIE.
Proceso Digital | 4-Nov-2022
"En septiembre recibimos notificación de la nota que entregó ZEDE. El tema es que a más tardar el 16 de diciembre tienen que meter solicitud e iniciar el arbitraje", el ministro de la Secretaría de Desarrollo Económico dijo.
Energy Monitor | 4-Nov-2022
EU countries are voting with their feet, quitting the investor protection pact despite the EU’s efforts to reform it – but the European Commission warns it will be worse to be outside than in.
CCSI | 3-Nov-2022
Un régime d’investissement international entièrement inédit, conçu dans l’optique du climat et d’autres objectifs mondiaux, pourrait servir d’outil pour accélérer les investissements nécessaires à la résolution de la crise climatique.

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