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.

Memesita | 22-Jan-2021
The controllers of Nuevo Pudahuel, made up of the French Aeroports de Paris, Vinci Airports, with 40%, and the Italian Astaldi will face off with the Chilean State before the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).
Finance Uncovered | 21-Jan-2021
The battle between ConocoPhillips and Vietnam result could mark a significant shift in the way huge multinationals fight off the threat of taxes from desperate revenue authorities in developing countries.
Mediapart | 21-Jan-2021
Vinci et ADP menacent le Chili d’une procédure d’arbitrage, suite à la pandémie et à la réduction concomitante du trafic aérien. Ils utilisent une justice privée qui coûtera des millions aux contribuables chiliens, indépendamment du jugement.
Aero Naves | 21-Jan-2021
Tras la negativa del Ministerio de Obras Públicas a indemnizar a ADP y Vinci por las pérdidas causadas por la pandemia del COVID-19, las dos empresas francesas iniciaron una demanda contra Chile ante el CIADI.
Médias24 | 21-Jan-2021
Dans le conflit opposant le Maroc au groupe américain Carlyle, la position du Royaume a été relativement confortée par une note déposée par l’administration américaine, partie non contestante au litige.
El Cronista | 20-Jan-2021
El canciller Felipe Solá y el Procurador del Tesoro, Carlos Zannini, quieren revisar los acuerdos de protección de inversiones que determinaron la solución de diferendos en tribunales extranjeros o en el Centro Internacional de Arbitrajes del Banco Mundial.
El Economista | 19-Jan-2021
El banco informó al ejecutivo, fiscalía y corte suprema que de no obtener respuesta a una solicitud de Amparo en el caso que perdió ante José Salaverría, iniciará un proceso contra el país.
Reuters | 19-Jan-2021
Alberta believes there was a “very solid” legal basis to seek damages under international free trade agreements if the pipeline is effectively killed, said Alberta Premier
Star Phoenix Group Ltd | 18-Jan-2021
Star Phoenix Group Ltd has formally notified the government of Georgia of the existence of an investment dispute under the Energy Charter Treaty.
AsiaPhos | 18-Jan-2021
AsiaPhos has been in discussion with the Chinese Government (since November 2017) for a settlement in relation to the cessation of the mining activities because of the Panda Park.

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