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.

The Gleaner | 20-Apr-2018
A Jamaican investor served the government of the Dominican Republic with a notice of arbitration surrounding the state takeover of a recycling facility and waste-to-energy plant.
Reuters | 20-Apr-2018
Investors holding billions of dollars in defaulted Venezuelan bonds have formed at least one bondholder committee, which could signal an eventual legal dispute similar to the dispute with Argentina after it defaulted on its sovereign debt in early 2002.
CIEL | 19-Apr-2018
A report reveals that the recent Achmea ruling by the European Court of Justice could render investment agreements between the European Union or its Member States and non-EU countries illegal.
Bloomberg | 19-Apr-2018
Dislike of investor-state dispute mechanism appears widespread. Public consultation files detail what Trudeau team was told.
BAE Negocios | 19-Apr-2018
El primer juicio que enfrenta el Estado argentino por la reestatización del sistema jubilatorio comenzó hace pocos días en el tribunal arbitral del CIADI, donde una de las compañías que formaron parte del sistema de capitalización privado, MetLife, busca resarcimiento por esa decisión tomada en 2008 por el gobierno de Cristina Fernández.
Observatoire des Multinationales | 18-Apr-2018
Le groupe français a décidé une nouvelle fois, après l’avoir fait contre l’Argentine, l’Égypte ou encore la Lituanie, de saisir un tribunal arbitral international.
Out-Law | 16-Apr-2018
A recent decision under the Energy Charter Treaty by France’s highest court appears to signal a return to a literal interpretation by the French courts of international treaties.
Lexology | 13-Apr-2018
Investors journeying along Belt and Road Initiative should be aware of their rights under the web of investment treaties which cover the route.
OECD | 13-Apr-2018
The Freedom of Investment Roundtable considered a Secretariat paper on appointing authorities and the selection of arbitrators in ISDS
IATP | 11-Apr-2018
The financial industry’s demands for a “modernized” financial services chapter of the North American Free Trade Agreement have been overlooked

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