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.

CIAR Global | 14-May-2021
Un grupo de inversores en hidrocarburos estadounidenses: Finley Resources Inc., MWS Management Inc., y Prize Permanent Holdings, LLC han presentado una solicitud de arbitraje de inversiones contra México ante el Centro Internacional de Arreglo de Diferencias relativas a Inversiones.
Diario Uchile | 14-May-2021
La decisión de Ohio National de someter al Estado chileno al mecanismo de solución de controversias dispuesto en el TLC con Estados Unidos, levantó las alarmas respecto de la pérdida de soberanía para nuestro país. Tres expertos analizaron los hechos y entregan sus impresiones al respecto.
Chile Mejor sin TLC | 14-May-2021
La activación del mecanismo de solución de controversias demuestra que los Tratados de Libre Comercio cercenan la soberanía del estado de Chile cuando asume decisiones como estas.
AKIpress | 14-May-2021
The government of Turkmenistan has won $500 million claim brought before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes by a Turkish construction company.
Ecofin | 14-May-2021
C’est la fin d’une bataille judiciaire qui dure depuis près de deux ans à propos de la mine de fer Marampa.
Nairametrics | 12-May-2021
The inaugural meeting of the dispute settlement body of the AfCFTA signals the readiness of this infrastructure to take up any disputes that may arise in the course of trading amongst the member States.
Reuters | 12-May-2021
US commodity trader Gerald Group will pay Sierra Leone $20 million and cede a 10% stake in an iron ore project as part of the resolution to a nearly two-year dispute that led to the shutdown of production.
El Economista | 10-May-2021
El CIADI negó la razón a América Móvil en un pleito contra Colombia por una polémica reversión de espectro y radiobases que data de hace 25 años y que ya costó 521 millones de dólares a esa compañía.

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