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.

European Council | 20-Mar-2018
The Council adopted the negotiating directives authorising the Commission to negotiate, on behalf of the EU, a convention establishing a multilateral court for the settlement of investment disputes.
Consejo Europeo | 20-Mar-2018
El Consejo ha adoptado las directrices de negociación por las que se autoriza a la Comisión a negociar, en nombre de la UE, un convenio constitutivo de un tribunal multilateral para la solución de diferencias en materia de inversiones.
Conseil européen | 20-Mar-2018
Le Conseil a adopté les directives de négociation autorisant la Commission à négocier, au nom de l’UE, une convention instituant un tribunal multilatéral chargé du règlement des différends en matière d’investissements.
The Nation | 20-Mar-2018
Pakistan has been an observer to the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) since 2005 and has subsequently indicated its intention to become a full member.
Kluwer Arbitration Blog | 19-Mar-2018
Now that the CJEU decided that investment treaty arbitration based on intra-EU BITs is not compatible with EU law, the focus of attention must shift towards the domestic courts of the Member States as the guardians of protecting the rights of European investors.
Ctxt | 19-Mar-2018
Una sentencia abre la vía al fin de los tratados bilaterales de inversión entre los Estados miembros pero no aclara si puede usarlos la Unión.
Indian Express | 19-Mar-2018
The Madras High Court was told that the Tamil Nadu government was holding “talks” with Japanese automaker Nissan, predictably for an amicable settlement.
Le Vif | 19-Mar-2018
La Cour européenne de justice incarne souvent le pire du néolibéralisme européen. Cette orientation très pro-marché est inscrite dans de nombreux arrêts de la Cour.
Morocco World News | 19-Mar-2018
Al Amoudi recently filed a complaint against Morocco at the World-bank affiliated ICSID thus ending a series verbal threats the Saudi investor has been brandishing since 2015 against Moroccan investment authorities.
Bloomberg | 16-Mar-2018
Trump disagrees with executives on Nafta arbitration language. Industry leaders say it provides an essential safety net.

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