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.

GEO | 28-Jul-2021
Une compagnie canadienne, Gabriel Resources, avait demandé en 2015 un arbitrage international et réclamé 4,4 milliards de dollars de dédommagements à la Roumanie.
Market Screener | 27-Jul-2021
Indiana Resources files a memorial on the arbitration with Tanzania over the expropriation of the Ntaka Hill Nickel Project, whereby it claims the amount of AU$127 million, including interest which continues to accrue.
CIAR Global | 26-Jul-2021
La Corte Constitucional ecuatoriana ha resuelto que la firma por parte del Gobierno de Ecuador del Convenio del Centro Internacional de Arreglo de Diferencias relativas a Inversiones (CIADI) no requiere la aprobación legislativa de la Asamblea Nacional, previo a su ratificación.
Inequality.org | 26-Jul-2021
Pakistan is the latest country to reject the system that allows private investors to sue governments in international tribunals. But Ecuador is back-tracking and the lawsuits continue to proliferate.
Ouest France | 23-Jul-2021
Dénonçant une "expropriation", Gabriel Resources a saisi en 2015 la juridiction d’arbitrage international de la Banque mondiale (Cirdi) et réclamé 4,4 milliards de dollars de dédommagements à la Roumanie.
France 24 | 23-Jul-2021
Meanwhile, Gabriel Resources has taken Romania before the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, seeking $4.4 billion (3.7 billion euros) in damages.
LVSL | 21-Jul-2021
Le règlement des différends entre investisseurs et États (ISDS) permet aux capitalistes étrangers de piétiner les droits des Équatoriens.
La Jornada | 20-Jul-2021
Pakistán avanza en desmantelar el infame, neoliberal y supranacional sistema de “Arreglo de Disputas Inversionista-Estado’. Ecuador Retrocede. Estados Unidos recibe la mayor demanda de su historia. México, ¿qué hará?
Prensa Latina | 20-Jul-2021
Volver al Ciadi es ’preparar el camino para más pobreza de millones y más riqueza para las empresas a través de los Tratados de Libre Comercio, privatizaciones y proyectos extractivistas’, según Salvador Quishpe.
CIAR Global | 20-Jul-2021
La Comisión Europea va a examinar con detenimiento si el laudo del arbitraje del fondo Antin contra España se ajusta a las normas de la Unión Europea en materia de ayudas estatales.

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