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 Daily Guardian | 21-Apr-2022
State exclusivity in the lithium value chain can violate the treaty between Mexico, the United States and Canada (T-MEC).
El Economista | 20-Apr-2022
México no estableció reservas para minerales estratégicos en los tratados comerciales, afirman.
CIAR Global | 19-Apr-2022
El origen de la disputa: una sentencia de diciembre de 2010. La cementera denuncia la reescripción retroactivamente de una ley ecuatoriana.
CIAR Global | 19-Apr-2022
La operadora portuaria chileno-canadiense Montecon, propiedad de la chilena Ultramar y de la canadiense ATCO, recurrirá a arbitraje contra Uruguay por las pérdidas que ha sufrido ante la concesión otorgada a la compañía Katoen Natie.
Inequality.org | 15-Apr-2022
Mexico and many other countries are facing anti-democratic corporate lawsuits like the case that pushed Khan to withdraw from international investment agreements.
News Intervention | 12-Apr-2022
Several aspects of Reko Diq deal with Barrick Gold are still concealed and Balochistan is not aware of the details of the agreement, say civil society members and politicians from the region.
Ecologistas en Acción | 8-Apr-2022
Más de 60 organizaciones del Estado español han firmado y enviado una carta a todas las diputadas y diputados pidiendo el voto contrario a este Acuerdo.
CIAR Global | 8-Apr-2022
Un grupo de compañías alemanas y españolas ha presentado una demanda de arbitraje de inversiones contra España en relación con su inversión en compañías de generación de energías renovables.
CIAR Global | 8-Apr-2022
La compañía británica Chicago Bridge & Iron Company ha presentado un arbitraje de inversiones contra Colombia en relación al desarrollo de una refinería de petróleo.

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