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.

DW | 12-Nov-2020
A lawsuit by Vattenfall is also still pending before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), concerning several billion euros for the permanent closure of Krümmel and Brunsbüttel.
Prensa Libre | 9-Nov-2020
Empresa de capital colombiano ganó en el 2009 la licitación del Plan de Expansión del Sistema de Transporte de Energía Eléctrica para construir y operar 866 kilómetros de red de transmisión.
CIAR Global | 6-Nov-2020
El Ministerio de Finanzas Públicas del Gobierno de Guatemala comunicó el embargo de 15,75 millones de US dólares en el marco del arbitraje con Teco Energy, por el que se condenó al país centroamericano al pago de 35,4 millones de dólares.
Egypt Today | 6-Nov-2020
The ICSID has turned down a lawsuit filed by Spanish companies Cementos La Union and Aridos Jativa against the Egyptian State, demanding a compensation of more than €236 million.
Business Recorder | 5-Nov-2020
National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Balochistan has collected irrefutable evidence revealing that billions of rupees have been lost to the national exchequer in the Reko Diq project after the bureau scrutinized its 30-year record.
CIAR Global | 4-Nov-2020
Cuando parecía que las demandas de arbitraje de inversiones viraban ante un nuevo camino abierto por el Real Decreto impulsado por el Gobierno español sobre la nueva retribución a las explotaciones de energía renovable, la compañía japonesa Mitsui & Co. ha presentado una solicitud de arbitraje ante el Centro Internacional de Arreglo de Diferencias relativas a Inversiones (CIADI).
Climate Action Network | 4-Nov-2020
The treaty is incompatible with the EU’s climate commitments and the current modernisation process will not fix this, as the necessary reforms are either opposed by other contracting parties or not being discussed.
Lexology | 4-Nov-2020
The working papers focus on an appellate mechanism and enforcement issues and the selection and appointment of ISDS tribunal members.
JDsupra | 4-Nov-2020
Given the dynamic relationship between the protection of foreign investment and human rights, investors wishing to rely upon investment treaty provisions should fully integrate human rights considerations into their investment decisions and operations.
The Express Tribune | 3-Nov-2020
Prime Minister Imran Khan has approved the formation of a working group of experts for reforming Pakistan’s international investment regime.

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