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-Dec-2020
España ha solicitado a un tribunal estadounidense la suspensión del procedimiento de ejecución presentado por Watkins Holdings del laudo de 77 millones de euros obtenido ante un tribunal internacional en enero de 2020 relacionado con las reformas energéticas de las renovables.
Stop Corporate Impunity | 12-Dec-2020
150 organizations are asking the government of Ecuador to appeal the arbitration award issued by the Dutch justice system in favor of the oil transnational Chevron.
Diálogo 2000 | 11-Dec-2020
En solidaridad con decenas de miles de afectados por el mayor desastre ambiental que ha impactado a la Amazonía ecuatoriana, más de 150 organizaciones, redes, movimientos, y sindicatos, entre ellas Diálogo 2000-Jubileo Sur Argentina, en representación de más de 85 millones de personas a nivel internacional, piden al Gobierno de Ecuador que apele ante la justicia holandesa el laudo arbitral que favorece a la petrolera Chevron.
Médias24 | 11-Dec-2020
Les parties s’accordent sur la suspension de la procédure. Des sources évoquent des discussions sur un possible accord amiable.
AITEC | 10-Dec-2020
Le Traité sur la charte de l’énergie est une arme juridique puissante aux mains des investisseurs et entreprises du secteur des énergies fossiles.
Ecofin | 10-Dec-2020
L’Etat tanzanien et la compagnie minière devraient se retrouver devant un tribunal du CIRDI au premier trimestre 2021. La société réclame 95 millions $ au moins pour « expropriation illégale » au projet de nickel Ntaka Hill.
Interfax | 10-Dec-2020
Philip Morris Ukraine, a large tobacco manufacturer, will file a motion with the ICSID in response to the decision of the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine on a UAH 1.2 billion fine.
Ecologistas en Acción | 9-Dec-2020
201 personas de la comunidad científica piden a la UE y a los 52 países signatarios del Tratado sobre la Carta de la Energía (TCE) que lo abandonen de inmediato para cumplir con los objetivos de la transición energética.
CIAR Global | 9-Dec-2020
Venezuela pagará 48 millones de dólares a ConocoPhillips tras una larga lucha por el laudo del arbitraje relacionado con el proyecto petrolero en alta mar Corocoro.
Mining Review Africa | 9-Dec-2020
Indiana Resources expects to begin arbitration with Tanzania over the expropriation of the Ntaka Hill nickel project and other alleged breaches of the UK-Tanzania BIT early 2021.

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