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.

Korea Herald | 13-Jul-2018
US-based hedge fund Elliott Associates has officially filed for an investor-state dispute settlement against the South Korean government seeking $770 million in compensation for the merger between two Samsung Group affiliates.
Le Point | 13-Jul-2018
Le fonds d’investissement américain Elliott Associates a saisi une instance internationale au sujet de la fusion controversée de deux filiales du géant Samsung pour réclamer à la Corée du Sud près de 800 millions de dollars de dommages et intérêts.
Acción Ecológica | 12-Jul-2018
El arbitraje es una suerte de globalización y privatización del sistema judicial, en el que la empresa transnacional dicta las normas. Es parte también de la estrategia de debilitar la soberanía jurídica de los estados del Sur.
The Guardian | 12-Jul-2018
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s regime accused of illegally seizing company assets and breaching investment treaties involving Britain and other EU states.
CNCD 11.11.11 | 11-Jul-2018
La majorité wallonne a approuvé un accord d’investissements Belgique-Panama, qui va à l’encontre de ses propres engagements de faire bouger les lignes pour des traités plus justes.
Infobae | 6-Jul-2018
Un informe de Naciones Unidas detectó que hay en curso 60 demandas contra la Argentina realizadas por inversores internacionales, un 7% del total global.
CIAR Global | 6-Jul-2018
El 2 de julio de 2018, el Ciadi, registró la demanda de arbitraje de la minera canadiense Gran Colombia Gold contra Colombia en la que reclama 700 millones de dólares relacionada con la cesión de un título minero a las comunidades locales para explotar la minería a cielo abierto, tras una pugna de más de una década con la denuncia medioambiental y de Derechos Humanos como protagonistas.
Agence Europe | 6-Jul-2018
At their 25th bilateral summit, in Brussels on 11 July 2018, the EU and Japan will sign their strategic partnership agreement.
The Investor | 4-Jul-2018
South Korea is seeking to cancel a recent investor-state dispute settlement decision by an international tribunal in which the government was asked to compensate US$65 million to an Iranian company.
Le Petit Journal | 4-Jul-2018
Le Comité du patrimoine mondiale de l’UNESCO a décidé de reporter l’inclusion du site minier de Rosia Montana sur la liste du Patrimoine mondial de l’UNESCO.

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