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 Ecologist | 11-Dec-2019
The US has banned any mention of climate change in US-UK trade talks.
Economic Times | 10-Dec-2019
South Korean state owned power utility Kowepo has begun international arbitration proceedings against India in Singapore for not honouring a fuel supply commitment to its Maharashtra power plant.
Forbes | 10-Dec-2019
Climate campaigners are demanding that European Union countries pull out of the treaty unless they can negotiate an end to the pact’s investor-state dispute mechanism.
Collectif Stop Tafta | 9-Dec-2019
Plus de 280 organisations de la société civile réclament aux États membres du Traité sur la Charte de l’énergie de mettre fin aux protections dont dispose le secteur des énergies fossiles.
ECT’s Dirty Secrets | 9-Dec-2019
We – 278 environmental, climate, consumer, development, and trade related civil society groups, as well as trade unions – believe that the ECT is incompatible with the implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement.
The East African | 9-Dec-2019
Civil society groups are now calling on governments to reform their investor state dispute settlement because “it is being unfairly used by investors to sue states for millions of dollars.”
CIAR Global | 6-Dec-2019
El pasado 2 de diciembre, el tribunal del arbitraje Stadtwerke München y otros contra España emitió su laudo favorable para España. Se trata del primer arbitraje relacionado con las reformas energéticas de las energías renovables que gana el país en el CIADI.
Correo del Sur | 6-Dec-2019
El procurador general del Estado, José María Cabrera, reveló ayer que al menos cuatro procesos internacionales que afronta el país ponen en riesgo $us 1.000 millones por una posible compensación en caso de fallos adversos.
GTM | 5-Dec-2019
Spain has offered an olive branch in its long-running legal battle with renewables developers. But the fight isn’t over yet.
Daily Monitor | 5-Dec-2019
Most Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) are not just used by investors to inform their investment decisions, but are increasingly becoming tools used to sue States in a foreign or international court.

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