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.

CADTM | 17-May-2019
Si hay algún caso que evidencie la ofensiva de las empresas transnacionales contra la vida y la democracia ese es, sin duda, el caso Chevron.
Medias24 | 16-May-2019
Emise en 2013 à la demande du Vietnam, la notice rouge visant Ahmed El Fehdi a été levée. Les dirigeants de la holding H&A Investment comptent désormais engager une procédure d’arbitrage CIRDI contre Hanoi.
News Ghana | 15-May-2019
The African Union (AU) stressed the need to boost African countries’ capacity on both Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) and state-to-state dispute, as the African Continental Free Trade Area edges closer to entry into force.
European Commission | 15-May-2019
The European Commission adopted a proposal for a Council Decision authorising negotiations to modernise the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT), to which the EU is part.
ISDS América Latina | 14-May-2019
22 de los 42 países en la región ya han sido demandados a través del sistema de arbitraje de inversores (ISDS). El 73,8% de las demandas fueron hacia Argentina, Venezuela, México, Ecuador, Bolivia y Perú.
Russian Fund for the Protection of Investors’ Rights in Foreign States | 14-May-2019
The Fund for Protection of Investors’ Rights in Foreign States sent an notice of arbitration against Lithuania for the illegal expropriation of the Bank “Snoras”, in accordance with the investment agreement between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Lithuania.
L’Echo | 14-May-2019
Il accuse la Belgique de ne pas l’avoir protégé face à un traitement inégalitaire vis-à-vis d’autres clubs. Et d’avoir contribué à lui faire perdre tous ses investissements.
Reuters | 14-May-2019
Poland’s prime minister and other government officials will meet to discuss a threat by Australia’s Prairie Mining to sue Warsaw over difficulties it faced in developing coal projects
Inequality | 13-May-2019
In more than two-thirds of the mining-related lawsuits against governments in the region, communities have actively organizing against the mining activities.
Business Recorder | 9-May-2019
The Government of Pakistan has reportedly created an Escrow Account worth $ 150 million to avert a negative ruling by the international arbitration tribunal in case of M/s Kakey uriterium rental power plant

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