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 Nelson Daily | 28-Oct-2021
Rules accepted under various trade and investment agreements often benefit destructive, extractive industries to the detriment of national and international climate goals and ambitions.
CIAR Global | 27-Oct-2021
El juez nacional estará obligado a anular el laudo dictado sobre un acuerdo de arbitraje celebrado ad hoc que infringe el Derecho de la Unión. Concluye la nota emitida por el Tribunal de Justicia de la Unión Europea sobre la Sentencia en un procedimiento entre la sociedad luxemburguesa PL Holdings y Polonia.
TNI | 26-Oct-2021
En los últimos 10 años el Estado español ha recibido más demandas de arbitraje de inversión que cualquier otro Estado. Con 50 casos en total, es hoy el segundo país en el mundo con más demandas en tribunales arbitrales internacionales.
Business Recorder | 25-Oct-2021
Under the new template, federal government would not be liable for private investor disputes. Mediation would be made compulsory, while foreign arbitrators would be decided in advance through consensus.
Collectif Stop Tafta | 25-Oct-2021
L’investisseur russe porteur du projet minier réclame 4 milliards € de réparation à la France.
Mediapart | 23-Oct-2021
L ’actionnaire majoritaire du projet minier de la Montagne d’or demande à l’État français de l’indemniser pour non-respect de ses investissements. Une procédure d’arbitrage international est en cours.
CIAR Global | 22-Oct-2021
La compañía estadounidense Metlife se une a aseguradoras como Chilena Consolidada y la también estadounidense Ohio y ha enviado un aviso de intención de acudir a arbitraje al Gobierno chileno iniciando el procedimiento que da paso a las negociaciones previas para evitar el arbitraje internacional por el adelanto de rentas vitalicias.
Dawn | 22-Oct-2021
Pakistan will renegotiate all bilateral investment treaties (BITs) on the basis of new BIT template being finalised by the government, a top official of the Board of Investment said.
Animal Político | 20-Oct-2021
Entre 1995 y 2020 se han presentado 303 demandas en contra de países de América Latina y el Caribe, siendo la segunda región más demandada del mundo. Los inversionistas han obtenido resultados favorables en un 62,6% de los casos y las demandas les han costado a los gobiernos alrededor de 32.141 millones de dólares.
New Straits Times | 20-Oct-2021
Sudan’s government confiscated Petronas’s assets on the grounds that they were acquired "through illegal means" during Omar al-Bashir’s regime. Some argue that Sudan is turning on its allies "under the pretext of fighting corruption".

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