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.

| 28-Jul-2008
A British water company thrown out of Tanzania over a bungled privatisation deal has failed in its bid to win up to £10m in damages.
Diario Colatino | 10-Jul-2008
¿No será que el anuncio de retirada de Pacific Rim es una acción táctica de su estrategia de presión? Eso parece demostrar cuando envía a un grupo de supuestos trabajadores mineros a protestar por la pérdida de sus empleos, y cuando amenaza al gobierno con acogerse a las reglas del CAFTA para obligarlo a pagar millonarias indemnizaciones
REDES-AT | 8-Jul-2008
La nota enviada por el Banco Europeo de Inversiones al gobierno uruguayo es una muestra clara de cómo operan las instituciones financieras internacionales: prestan primero y exigen de inmediato
Los Tiempos | 17-Jun-2008
Los ministros de Exteriores y Comercio de la Comunidad Andina (CAN) se reunieron hoy en Lima, por segundo día consecutivo, para tratar sobre comercio e integración con la Unión Europea, pero sin el apoyo de Bolivia a la propuesta peruana de flexibilizar una normativa sobre propiedad intelectual
| 22-May-2008
How beneficial are Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) for Contracting states remains a hotly debated issue, threatening to eclipse the success due to misgivings generated largely by the Latin American experience.
El Diario | 29-Apr-2008
Alrededor de 4 mil 500 empresas afiliadas a la Cámara Nacional de Autotransporte de Carga (Canacar) demandarán bajo el recurso de “en arbitraje por daños y perjuicios” al gobierno de EU, por incumplir los términos del Tratado de Libre Comercio de América del Norte (TLCAN) desde hace 14 años, al impedir el libre tránsito de transportistas e inversión entre ambos países.
Scoop | 28-Apr-2008
While media coverage of the China-NZ Free Trade Agreement has focused almost entirely on the possible dollar gains, scant attention has been paid to the equally valid exposure of New Zealand to compensation claims — should any NZ government be so bold in future as to pass laws or regulations that a foreign investor feels will impact on profitability.
| 9-Apr-2008
While it is a US company, Exxon Mobil is entitled to invoke protection under the Netherlands-Venezuela Investment Promotion and Protection Convention, which guarantees resolution of Exxon Mobil’s dispute with Venezuela in the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).
| 22-Mar-2008
When agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland Co. quietly filed court documents this month to overturn — and increase — a multi-million-dollar trade penalty it won against the Mexican government, the move shone a light on Chapter 11, perhaps the most controversial clause in the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Mondaq | 20-Mar-2008
Canada has just passed legislation implementing the ICSID Convention, a very important tool for the resolution of investor-state disputes. But the government has not yet indicated a timetable for ratification of the treaty. To date, only four provinces and one territory have passed similar implementing legislation.

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