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.

International Arbitration | 20-Apr-2021
One of the most significant early proposals for a multilateral agreement to protect private foreign investment was launched in 1957 by groups of European business people, and lawyers.
ILA Reporter | 20-Apr-2021
The unusual status of foreign investors in international law is no accident, but rather the result of a “world-making project realized by a coalition of business leaders, bankers, and their lawyers in the 1950s and 1960s”.
Le Soir | 19-Apr-2021
La société allemande Uniper poursuit les Pays-Bas en justice pour la fermeture forcée des centrales au charbon, a annoncé le ministre néerlandais de l’Economie et du Climat Bas van ’t Wout.
S&P Global | 19-Apr-2021
Dutch Economy Affairs Minister said Uniper had indicated it would to submit a request for arbitration to the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) in Washington.
The Guardian | 19-Apr-2021
Energy conglomerates have recourse to special courts and legal regimes that they helped design – and they won’t go down without a fight.
The Baltic Times | 19-Apr-2021
The ICSID in the case Eugene Kazmin v. Latvia issued its Award discontinuing the arbitration and ordering the Claimant, Ukrainian citizen Kazmin, to bear the costs of the proceeding.
Stock Market Wire | 19-Apr-2021
O grupo mineiro Pathfinder Minerals afirmou que uma disputa sobre a posse de um título mineiro em Moçambique poderá levar o país a incorrer em perdas de mais de $621,3 milhões.
CIAR Global | 17-Apr-2021
ISA alega la violación del capítulo de inversiones del Acuerdo de Libre Comercio suscrito por Chile y Colombia.
Investment Monitor | 16-Apr-2021
De la colonisation aux règlements des différends entre investisseurs et États, les pays riches ont cherché à exploiter et à influencer leurs homologues plus pauvres pendant des siècles, mais comment la mondialisation sous sa forme actuelle est-elle apparue ?
iPolitics | 16-Apr-2021
NAFTA-investor lawsuits have cost Canadian taxpayers more than $376 million over the last 25 years, and could cost even more in the years ahead.

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