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.

Dawn | 13-Aug-2021
Terminating 23 BITs is an important step for Pakistan, but if relationships with the WTO, the IMF and the World Bank remain, economic efficiency will continue to be prioritised over social justice and the rights of citizens.
Bloomberg | 13-Aug-2021
Draft law, regulator pose risks to Discovery’s unit in Poland but Polish watchdog says treaty exempts broadcast investments.
Bloomberg | 12-Aug-2021
Shell didn’t say in its statement if it will withdraw the related arbitration claim.
Les Echos | 12-Aug-2021
Shell n’a pas indiqué dans sa déclaration si elle retirerait sa procédure d’arbitrage liée à cette affaire.
AFTINET | 11-Aug-2021
Pakistan decided to review the entire BIT situation in 2013, and to develop a new model BIT.
TNI | 11-Aug-2021
To end neoliberalism and defend energy resources, Mexico must step up and avoid at all costs the inclusion of supranational arbitration mechanisms in a renegotiated FTA with the European Union.
South Centre | 11-Aug-2021
This policy brief highlights the need to allocate sufficient time to deliberate upon the important issues being raised by developing countries.
Third World Network | 10-Aug-2021
The broad mandate given by UNCITRAL focuses on a limited set of procedural issues that fails to address the substantive concerns over the crisis of legitimacy confronting the international investment regime, and ISDS more specifically.
CIAR Global | 9-Aug-2021
El British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) ha publicado un estudio que examina más de 150 decisiones de anulación dictadas por los comités ad hoc del Centro Internacional de Arreglo de Diferencias relativas a Inversiones (CIADI) y analiza cómo su sistema, que registra solicitudes de anulación en casi la mitad de los procedimientos tramitados, trata este recurso.
Ok Diario | 9-Aug-2021
Con denuncias activas todavía por valor de unos 5.000 millones de euros, ahora la irlandesa Spanish Solar se une a la larga lista de denunciantes y ha presentado una nueva demanda de arbitraje a España ante el Ciadi.

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