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.

Resumen | 18-Dec-2020
Sabemos que las mujeres solo son propietarias del 1% a nivel mundial, mientras realizan las dos terceras partes del trabajo por un 5% del salario.
Radio Free Liberty | 18-Dec-2020
Chinese investors have brought a $3.5 billion arbitration case against Ukraine for blocking the sale of a strategic aircraft engine maker whose fate Washington is closely following.
The Guardian | 18-Dec-2020
Australian taxpayers could be on the hook for compensation following a dispute between the Western Australian government and Clive Palmer’s Mineralogy, federal budget papers reveal.
Médias24 | 18-Dec-2020
Les Etats-Unis ont demandé à intervenir en tant que partie non contestante pour assister aux audiences et accéder aux plaidoiries.
The Irish Times | 17-Dec-2020
Important issues raised by CETA deserve more than a ludicrous 55-minute parliament debate.
CIAR Global | 16-Dec-2020
La compañía estadounidense Worth Capital Holdings 27 LLC ha presentado una demanda de arbitraje contra Perú ante el Centro Internacional de Arreglo de Diferencias relativas a Inversiones (CIADI) que estaría relacionada con sus inversiones en la refinería Pucallpa.
Heinrich Böll Foundation | 16-Dec-2020
Given China’s unique position, the study concludes that the EU must ensure that particularly strong protections for EU regulatory policy space are included in any future investment deal.
Inequality.org | 16-Dec-2020
In 2020, foreign investors filed at least 51 known cases demanding huge sums from governments struggling to fight a historic pandemic.
Euractiv | 16-Dec-2020
A two-day conference of the 54 parties to the Energy Charter Treaty will attempt to move forward in reforming the little-known charter, decried by environmentalists for protecting fossil fuel investments and blocking international efforts to curb global warming.
TNI | 15-Dec-2020
Amidst growing concerns that the ECT undermines urgent climate action, its corporate profiteers, the ECT Secretariat, and others are spewing propaganda, promoting falsehoods about how the treaty attracts clean investment.

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