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.

Le Monde | 27-Dec-2014
La timidité du gouvernement français a conduit à laisser l’Union européenne avaliser un choix qu’elle regrettera peut-être dans quelques années : l’inclusion d’un mécanisme d’arbitrage privé dans l’accord commercial CETA.
Financial Express | 25-Dec-2014
The definition of investment that the govt of India had agreed to while entering into BIPPAs is particularly problematic, writes Biswajit Dhar
La Dépêche | 19-Dec-2014
C’est avec le slogan «Tafta, assez de cadeaux à Veolia» qu’une trentaine de militants du collectif Stop Tafta (qui réunit Attac, des syndicats et des partis de la gauche radicale) ont pénétré dans l’agence commerciale de Veolia à François-Verdier, hier en fin de matinée.
Huffington Post | 19-Dec-2014
US Senator Elizabeth Warren on Wednesday warned that a major trade deal being negotiated by the Obama administration could hamstring Wall Street reform efforts.
| 18-Dec-2014
The Nawaz Sharif government is in an unnecessary haste to settle and pay millions, possibly billions, of dollars as compensation for the Reko Diq gold and copper mines to a discredited and ousted Canadian-Chilean mining consortium, a decision if made may resemble the infamous circular debt payment of Rs500 billion in the early days of the PML-N government.
BEUC | 18-Dec-2014
A high level panel discussion on TTIP organised by BEUC, FOEE and AK Europa (video)
Economic Times | 17-Dec-2014
Bilateral investment treaties that the government of India will enter into from now on will have a provision preventing foreign investors to drag India to arbitration on any issues that have been settled by a judicial authority.
EurActiv | 16-Dec-2014
Gus Van Harten tells EurActiv that the EU should explore the option of an international arbitration court and use Australia, not Canada as a benchmark.
La Marea | 16-Dec-2014
The legal principles on which the TTIP is based form part of the legal suit of arms that limits the exercise of democracy and people’sovereignty.
La Marea | 16-Dec-2014
Los principios jurídicos en los que se fundamenta el TTIP forman parte de la armadura jurídica que limita el ejercicio de la democracia y de la soberanía de los pueblos.

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