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.

Rusoro | 17-Jan-2018
Venezuela has steadfastly refused to pay the arbitration award.
La Presse | 17-Jan-2018
Canada is currently facing eight active investor-state claims that combined seek more than $475 million in damages.
Página 12 | 17-Jan-2018
En el último prospecto de emisión de deuda que presentó ante el organismo regulador de Estados Unidos, el Gobierno admitió que la Argentina aún enfrenta demandas por 1150 millones de dólares de acreedores que no entraron a ninguno de los canjes de deuda.
IATP | 16-Jan-2018
The actions of the Trump Administration and Congress have, in one year, established a pattern of cynical disregard for rural communities, hostility toward science, and an unbridled scorn for the principles and practice of democratic governance.
660 News | 16-Jan-2018
Canada is currently facing eight active investor-state claims that combined seek more than $475 million in damages.
Yonhap | 15-Jan-2018
A bumpy road lies ahead for the renegotiation of the free trade deal between South Korea and the United States, a Korean senior trade official said.
Lexology | 15-Jan-2018
Virtually all international investment disputes that are initiated against it may be subject to the conciliation and arbitration rules established in the Convention.
Public Now | 12-Jan-2018
Mexico’s Secretary of the Economy signed theConvention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes between states and nationals of other states.
BAE Negocios | 12-Jan-2018
Argentina le pagará a Suez u$s275 millones, lo que representa un descuento del 25 por ciento en relación a los u$s367 millones que se le deben.
ABC Bourse | 12-Jan-2018
L’Argentine paiera au groupe français 275 millions de dollars (environ 230 millions d’euros), soit 75% de la somme qu’il devait à Suez.

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