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.

Gestión | 25-Jul-2017
EE.UU. confirmó la semana pasada que entre sus principales objetivos en el TLCAN está la eliminación del mecanismo de resolución de controversias del capítulo 19 que Mulroney hizo tanto para preservar.
Montevideo Portal | 25-Jul-2017
Los inversores de la minera Aratirí notificaron al presidente Tabaré Vázquez sobre el inicio de una demanda millonaria contra el Estado uruguayo por "dañar" su inversión, según informa hoy el semanario Búsqueda.
Noticias en Red | 25-Jul-2017
El fallo del Ciadi condenando a Argentina a pagar casi 400 millones de dólares fue obtenido por el estudio de Diego y Alejandro Fargosi.
CETRI | 24-Jul-2017
De plus en plus de voix s’élèvent en Europe contre les accords de libre-échange, y compris au sein des parlements. Ces critiques annoncent-elles une rupture ? Pour mesurer la portée et les limites de ces accords, il vaut la peine de s’intéresser à leurs impacts dans le Sud ainsi qu’aux résistances qu’ils y ont suscitées.
Asian Tribune | 24-Jul-2017
Officials from ASEAN member states and other countries meeting in India this week for negotiations on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) should take steps to ensure that the trade deal safeguards human rights, Southeast Asian lawmakers said today.
Página 12 | 20-Jul-2017
El Ministerio de Finanzas entregará a la petrolera francesa Total bonos por 210 millones de dólares para finalizar el juicio que la compañía mantenía contra el país en el tribunal arbitral dependiente del Banco Mundial.
Lexology | 18-Jul-2017
Two recent and potentially inconsistent decisions in claims by PRC investors have raised questions as to the scope of protection under PRC bilateral investment treaties (BITs).
Portal Minero | 18-Jul-2017
La compañía recurrió en 2011 al Ciadi, luego que el gobierno del país islámico negara la licencia de la iniciativa, lo que acusan fue de manera ilegal.
Reuters | 17-Jul-2017
La minera canadiense Crystallex ganó en una corte estadounidense una medida que prohíbe a la empresa china Haitong International Securities Group transfiera activos propiedad de Venezuela.
Miningmx | 17-Jul-2017
AngloGold Ashanti joined Acacia Mining in entering into arbitration over legislative changes in Tanzania which entitles the East African country’s government to renegotiate business agreements with mining firms.

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