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.

CBC | 23-Oct-2008
Dow AgroSciences, maker of the commonly used herbicide ingredient 2,4-D, is challenging the Quebec government under the North American Free Trade Agreement for banning its product.
| 12-Oct-2008
In spite of the fact that consent is the main building block of arbitration, arbitral awards have been steady for some years that a claimant need not have a contractual relationship with a respondent state to initiate arbitral proceedings versus this state, i.e. states unexpectedly were made respondents in arbitrations under arbitration clauses they have never approved or even bargained.
Dominican Republic Lawyer | 8-Oct-2008
An arbitration tribunal constituted under the France-Dominican Republic Bilateral Investment Treaty released an award last week ruling on the jurisdictional objections raised by the Dominican Republic in a claim brought by TCW and its parent company.
International Law Reporter | 6-Oct-2008
Ecuador’s new constitution provides that Ecuador will not enter into international agreements under which Ecuador would have to cede jurisdiction to international arbitral tribunals in contractual or commercial matters between the State and individuals or corporations.
| 28-Sep-2008
Until the Philippine government and Fraport AG (Frankfurt Airport Services Worldwide) have resolved all the legal issues and Fraport fairly compensated, the NAIA Terminal 3 is unlikely to attract long term locators, according to German ambassador to the Philippines Christian Ludwig Weber-Lortsch.
Dow Jones Newswires | 11-Sep-2008
A panel from the World Bank’s International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes, or Icsid, said late Tuesday that it has jurisdiction for the claim of the US-based oil company Occidental Petroleum Corp. (OXY) against Ecuador.
Argenpress | 9-Aug-2008
El sometimiento al arbitraje de controversias entre los Estados y los inversores extranjeros forma parte de las obligaciones asumidas en casi todos, o todos, los Tratados de Protección y Promoción de las Inversiones Extranjeras (TPPI), en Tratados de Libre comercio y en otros similares
| 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

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