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.

City AM | 30-Nov-2022
Arctic miner GreenX to pocket £740m in damages from Polish government.
SOMO | 30-Nov-2022
The Dutch government will not have to pay damages to energy giants RWE and Uniper, a Dutch court in The Hague ruled.
The Express Tribune | 28-Nov-2022
The government urged all stakeholders to complete pending actions hampering the conclusion of the $900 million settlement deal in the Reko Diq case to avoid a $5.9 billion penalty.
Energy Charter | 25-Nov-2022
The conference expects to meet ad hoc in April 2023 to finalise the discussion on the adoption of the amendments to the ECT.
Reporterre | 25-Nov-2022
Le Traité sur la charte de l’énergie a du plomb dans l’aile. Le Parlement européen a voté une résolution demandant un retrait coordonné et conjoint de l’Union européenne du traité.
Client Earth | 25-Nov-2022
The European Parliament has adopted a resolution calling on the European Commission to initiate the process toward a coordinated exit of the EU from the Energy Charter Treaty.
ISDS América Latina | 24-Nov-2022
En 2018, Colombia fue el país más demandado ante tribunales de arbitraje internacional por parte de inversores extranjeros. Desde el principio del nuevo milenio, los gobiernos de Álvaro Uribe y Juan Manuel Santos apuraron la firma de tratados bilaterales de inversión y de libre comercio sin ningún tipo de debate público ni estudio de impacto medioambiental o social.
Actu-environnement | 24-Nov-2022
La Conférence de la charte de l’énergie prévoit de se réunir ad hoc en avril 2023 pour finaliser la discussion sur l’adoption des amendements au TCE.
Euractiv | 23-Nov-2022
AMIC Energy, an Austrian private equity firm, is threatening to sue Ukraine based on the Energy Charter Treaty after its assets were seized by Kyiv over the company’s close ties to Russia.
CIAR Global | 22-Nov-2022
La minera Berkeley ha presentado al Gobierno de España la notificación de disputa de inversión, el primer paso que activa las negociaciones antes de la presentación formal de un arbitraje internacional que invoca el incumplimiento del Tratado de la Carta de la Energía (TCE).

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