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.

El País | 16-Aug-2017
La ministra de Exteriores, Chrystia Freeland, quiere que el nuevo tratado sea "más progresivo" y busca inspiración en su pacto comercial con Europa.
Lexology | 16-Aug-2017
In the last few months, the long-lasting dispute between Mr Pey Casado and the Foundation Presidente Allende and the Republic of Chile has seen numerous developments.
The Global Anticorruption Blog | 16-Aug-2017
That concern is a real and serious one, but there is also a more direct and crude problem: parties (or their lawyers) bribing, or making backdoor deals with, the arbitrators to secure a favorable outcome.
IBON | 16-Aug-2017
The more far-reaching implication of RCEP is for Philippines’s sovereignty in regulating foreign investments
Latin America Herald Tribune | 15-Aug-2017
Crystallex — owed $1.4 billion for the expropriation of its Venezuela mining subsidiary — has moved U.S. Federal Court in Delaware to seize Petroleos de Venezuela Holding, the parent company of PDVSA’s American unit Citgo Holding.
L’Express de Madagascar | 15-Aug-2017
Les investisseurs de Madamobil viennent de déposer une plainte contre les autorités. Un centre d’arbitrage à Washington est en charge du dossier.
Politico | 10-Aug-2017
More than 100 U.S. business groups and associations are pushing the Trump administration to not only preserve investor-state dispute settlement and related provisions in an updated NAFTA agreement but to also strengthen them to further protect intellectual property and interests.
La República | 9-Aug-2017
El representante de Odebrecht en Perú, Mauricio Cruz, advirtió que la constructora recurrirá a un arbitraje internacional si se pospone la venta de sus acciones en el proyecto Gasoducto Sur Peruano que, en su opinión, debe concretarse en enero de 2018.
Lexology | 8-Aug-2017
ISDS reform is one of several “negotiating objectives” announced last month by the Office of the United States Trade Representative.
Eje Central | 8-Aug-2017
Cortes para proteger inversiones se han corrompido hasta convertirse en fábricas de dinero.

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