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.

CIAR Global | 26-Feb-2021
El largo recorrido de este conflicto parece no tener meta. El arbitraje entre Guatemala y TECO Guatemala Holdings LLC (TECO) añade otro capítulo a su línea del tiempo.
CNN | 24-Feb-2021
An aribtral tribunal ordered Libya to pay the Al Kharafi Group $930 million in damages. The Al Kharafi Group sued the Libyan state in France too, so when Gadhafi’s A340 landed in France, they sought to have it impounded.
Reuters | 24-Feb-2021
Kuwaiti logistics company Agility’s claim to recover more than $380 million it said it lost in Iraq has been rejected by an international tribunal.
Investigate Europe | 23-Feb-2021
Joining the Energy Charter Treaty is not in the public interest, according to South Africa’s government. It has also cancelled other agreements that allowed foreign investors to sue their state. This has not stopped investors from coming, says Mustaqeem de Gama.
CEO | 23-Feb-2021
Sign the petition to pull out of the Energy Charter Treaty and stop its expansion to other countries!
EU Observer | 23-Feb-2021
The treaty enables companies to claim billions in compensation from states in front of international arbitration tribunals, if they feel unfairly treated by the states’ energy or climate policies.
Basta! | 23-Feb-2021
Un accord international méconnu, le Traité sur la charte de l’énergie, pourrait détruire les efforts des pays européens pour atteindre leurs objectifs climatiques. Face aux industries de l’énergie, ONG et parlementaires tentent d’alerter sur cette menace.
Collectif Stop CETA | 23-Feb-2021
Le Traité sur la charte de l’énergie (TCE) est un traité peu connu, mais aux effets nocifs considérables.
Semana | 19-Feb-2021
Informe de la Agencia de Defensa Jurídica del Estado. Ahora también se ganan más procesos. Este es el panorama de los más demandados.

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