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.

Star Phoenix Group Ltd | 18-Jan-2021
Star Phoenix Group Ltd has formally notified the government of Georgia of the existence of an investment dispute under the Energy Charter Treaty.
AsiaPhos | 18-Jan-2021
AsiaPhos has been in discussion with the Chinese Government (since November 2017) for a settlement in relation to the cessation of the mining activities because of the Panda Park.
Financial Express Bangladesh | 18-Jan-2021
Corporate globalisation and Covid-19 should also have taught developing countries that they must reject FTAs strengthening IPRs, ISDS and TNCs in order to secure policy space to ’build back better’.
Le Monde du Droit | 18-Jan-2021
L’un des fondateurs, M. Fekl, a été ministre français du commerce extérieur. Les avocats interviennent tant en qualité de conseils qu’en tant qu’arbitres, en arbitrage commercial comme en arbitrage d’investissement.
BusinessLine | 18-Jan-2021
The petition, filed by three investment firms related to Devas, argues that the award can be enforced in the US because India is a signatory to the New York Convention.
CIAR Global | 15-Jan-2021
Crystallex ha obtenido el visto bueno de un juzgado de los Estados Unidos para proceder con la venta de las acciones de Citgo, la subsidiaria estadounidense de Petróleos de Venezuela SA (Pdvsa).
La Tercera | 12-Jan-2021
CIADI rechaza demandad de hermanos Francisco y Carlos Ríos en contra del Estado de Chile por falencias del Transantiago.
TRT | 11-Jan-2021
The Investor-State Dispute Settlement process has gone against developing countries for far too long.
South China Morning Post | 11-Jan-2021
Draft text shows Beijing looked to withhold telecoms sector benefits to firms from countries with restrictions on Chinese telecoms companies.
Yahoo | 11-Jan-2021
Montero has completed a litigation funding agreement with Omni Bridgeway Canada Limited, an affiliate of the litigation funder.

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