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.

Mining Law Canada Blog | 6-Sep-2021
These decisions have the potential to significantly impact companies with current and future mining and development licences where there are questions around environmentally sensitive areas.
CNCD 11.11.11 | 6-Sep-2021
La Cour de justice de l’Union européenne a déclaré que les affaires de règlement des différends entre investisseurs et États sur la base du Traité sur la Charte de l’énergie ne sont « pas applicables » au sein de l’UE.
CIAR Global | 3-Sep-2021
Hace unas semanas, el Gobierno de Guillermo Lasso publicó el nuevo Reglamento a la Ley de Arbitraje y Mediación de Ecuador mediante el que deroga todas las normas reglamentarias y de jerarquía inferior a la ley que se opongan al mismo.
Vanguard News Nigeria | 2-Sep-2021
AfCFTA roundtable brought together business leaders, academia, government representatives, trade, and legal experts to discuss and deliberate on dispute issues in implementing the agreement in Nigeria.
Client Earth | 2-Sep-2021
Environmental organisations have hailed a court decision that could mean the end of a little-known legal mechanism that poses a massive threat to climate action.
BIICL | 31-Aug-2021
This study examines over 400 investor-State cases, giving a comprehensive account of how long ISDS proceedings last, how much they cost, how tribunals allocate those costs as well as the amounts of damages awarded.
MercoPress | 27-Aug-2021
The investment fund Titan Consortium has taken legal steps after the expropriation of Aerolineas Argentinas in 2008, which resulted in an arbitration award against Argentina.
OpinioJuris | 26-Aug-2021
The new resource extraction regime continued to consolidate through the approval of new development plans, new standards, and the signing of international investment agreements.
Diario Uchile | 24-Aug-2021
La globalización y los procesos de integración económica en América Latina han significado el aumento del poder que las empresas transnacionales ostentan en nuestros países.

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