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 International News | 11-Jan-2021
The High Court of Justice in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) has postponed the hearing on the enforcement of the $6 billion award in the Reko Diq case until the 18th January.
New Statesman | 11-Jan-2021
Law firms have been drawing investors’ attention to how they could pass their Covid-19-related losses onto states.
CIAR Global | 8-Jan-2021
La compañía Quanta Services Netherlands ha presentado una demanda de arbitraje contra Perú ante el Centro Internacional de Arreglo de Diferencias relativas a Inversiones (CIADI).
Exit News | 7-Jan-2021
Italian businessmen Francesco Becchetti has stepped up his attempt to get the compensation awarded to him in international arbitration against Albania that he won, but that is under appeal.
L’Echo | 6-Jan-2021
Un conflit judiciaire entre un homme d’affaires italien et la République d’Albanie vient de déboucher sur des saisies effectuées sur des redevances dues par Eurocontrol à l’Albanie.
Thomson Reuters | 5-Jan-2021
Sempra v Argentina: award annulled for manifest excess of powers in failure to apply BIT defence of necessity
Ch-aviation | 4-Jan-2021
Pakistan International Airlines could see its assets attached by the High Court of Justice in the British Virgin Islands, over a longstanding dispute between its shareholder, the Pakistan state, and gold and copper exploration giant Tethyan Copper Company
CIAR Global | 22-Dec-2020
El laudo del arbitraje entre la compañía eléctrica alemana RWE y España ha sido emitido el pasado 18 de diciembre de 2020 por el tribunal del Centro Internacional de Arreglo de Diferencias relativas a Inversiones (CIADI).
TNI | 21-Dec-2020
En medio de la creciente preocupación de que el TCE obstaculiza la acción urgente por el clima, las empresas que lucran con el acuerdo, la Secretaría del TCE y otros actores están difundiendo propaganda y promoviendo falsedades, como que el tratado atrae inversiones limpias y que “modernizarlo” resolvería sus defectos. Nuestra guía para derribar estos y otros mitos te permitirá ver más allá de la retórica y entender el mundo de la energía sucia, la estafa y los abusos corporativos que promueve el TCE.
IIED | 21-Dec-2020
Do international investment treaties put a ’chill’ on environmental policy? To answer this question, we need to see the state as a complex web of actors, not a unitary whole.

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