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.

Euractiv | 7-Apr-2022
The Slovenian parliament has imposed a blanket ban on hydraulic fracturing to produce natural gas, amid arbitration proceedings initiated against Slovenia by Ascent Resources.
AFTINET | 6-Apr-2022
For the first time, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has warned that climate action is being jeopardised by trade agreements which give global corporations the right to sue governments.
Ecologistas en Acción | 5-Apr-2022
El informe recoge como el mecanismo de solución de controversias entre inversores y Estados (ISDS, por sus siglas en inglés) es un gran obstáculo para las medidas de mitigación climática.
IISD | 1-Apr-2022
L’initiative vise à « examiner la manière dont les traités d’investissement futurs pourraient contribuer à répondre à ces défis et comment gérer les accords existants de manière pragmatique ».
IISD | 1-Apr-2022
The initiative is aimed at exploring “how the investment treaties of tomorrow could help address these challenges and how to deal with existing agreements in a pragmatic way.”
IISD | 1-Apr-2022
Le GTIII de la CNUDCI se réunira de nouveau du 5 au 16 septembre 2022, lors de sa 43e session formelle.
IISD | 1-Apr-2022
UNCITRAL WGIII will reconvene from September 5 to 16, 2022, at its 43rd formal session.
IISD | 31-Mar-2022
En Marmato, el sistema de promoción y protección de la inversión extranjera facilitó la transformación del régimen de minería tradicional a pequeña escala a un régimen de minería transnacional.
IISD | 31-Mar-2022
A Marmato, le système de promotion et de protection des investissements étrangers a facilité la transformation du régime de l’exploitation minière traditionnelle à un régime d’exploitation minière transnationale.
IISD | 31-Mar-2022
In Marmato, the foreign investment promotion and protection system facilitated the transformation of the traditional small-scale mining regime into a transnational large-scale mining regime.

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