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.

LexLatin | 15-Dec-2022
The Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank) presentó ante el Centro Internacional de Arreglo de Diferencias Relativas a Inversiones (CIADI) una demanda arbitral contra Perú por el cobro de los intereses moratorios de una disputa fiscal que data de hace 15 años y que ascienden a 126 millones de dólares (428 millones de soles al 13 de diciembre).
La Jornada | 15-Dec-2022
La Secretaría de Economía (SE) ajustó la fecha en que se dará a conocer el fallo sobre el panel de controversia que interpuso México en materia de reglas de origen de la industria automotriz bajo el Tratado México, Estados Unidos y Canadá (T-MEC).
Turkish Minute | 12-Dec-2022
Turkish businessman Hamdi Akın İpek has lost a legal claim of $7 billion in damages he filed against the Turkish government at the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes .
Euractiv | 12-Dec-2022
After the withdrawal of eight EU member states, the European Commission has little prospect of reviving stalled talks to modernise the 1998 Energy Charter Treaty.
Zone Bourse | 12-Dec-2022
Barrick Gold a mis fin à un différend avec le gouvernement du Pakistan concernant les droits miniers du projet Reko Diq suite à une décision de la Cour suprême du pays.
The Express Tribune | 9-Dec-2022
The Supreme Court declared that the settlement agreement between Canadian mining company Barrick Gold and the government of Pakistan in the Reko Diq mining project is legal.
Taylor & Francis Online | 8-Dec-2022
Governments that revoke licenses and permits or take other measures to restrict the development of oil and gas in their territory will face claims from investors for compensation.
Business Recorder | 7-Dec-2022
There are two sticking points in the negotiations of the Pakistan-Hungary BIT: one is “Expropriation” and the other is “Subrogation”.
The Citizen | 7-Dec-2022
Air Tanzania Company Limited plane has been seized in the Netherlands after a Swedish firm won a $165 million award against Tanzania due to revoked land title in the Bagamoyo sugar project. | 6-Dec-2022
Local resisters are calling for a different economic model — one that prioritizes clean water and soil, healthy communities, peace, dignity, and self-determination.

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