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.

Business Korea | 24-Nov-2020
Lone Star Funds, which is in litigation against the South Korean government at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, suggested US$870 million as a concession.
Premium Times | 23-Nov-2020
The groups said they are concerned about the ICSID’s long-standing failure to promulgate clear rules for addressing cases where corruption has been alleged.
Le Temps | 20-Nov-2020
Lorsque leurs intérêts sont lésés à l’étranger, les multinationales n’hésitent pas à porter plainte et réclamer des réparations. Glencore, Holcim, Philip Morris, SGS et d’autres ont fait appel à une plateforme créée par la Banque mondiale
CCSI | 18-Nov-2020
CCSI hosted an online discussion with George Kahale on issues surrounding valuation in ISDS disputes, which has become the most dangerous aspect of ISDS.
Technology’s Legal Edge | 18-Nov-2020
There is evidence that high levels of activity in the telecommunications sector are leading to an associated increase in telecoms-related disputes.
Global Arbitration News | 18-Nov-2020
The district court determined that granting the stay pending the decision of the ICSID annulment committee was proper in this case.
JDsupra | 16-Nov-2020
Vento’s claims ultimately failed on the merits because Vento could not show irregularities in the Mexican tax authority’s treatment of its investment.
El Ciudadano | 13-Nov-2020
Los tratados de libre comercio nos condenan a producir y exportar en forma permanente cobre, frutas, maderas y otros pocos recursos naturales con escaso grado de manufacturación, y adquirir en los países socios los bienes manufacturados de más alta tecnología y productividad, lo cual inhibe su producción local.
La República | 12-Nov-2020
La empresa inició conversaciones con el Estado peruano para tratar de resolver las sanciones que fueron impuestas a la compañía. De no llegar a un acuerdo, el caso sería revisado por la CIADI.
Dawn | 12-Nov-2020
Pakistan is actively engaged in negotiations with parties involved in a dispute over the $5.97 billion award against the country in the Reko Diq litigation.

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