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.

Oil Price | 25-May-2018
The amount of the frozen assets, when compared to the US$520 million court award, is pretty hefty, unprecedented.
Prensa Libre | 24-May-2018
Guatemala se expone a un nuevo arbitraje internacional con posibilidad de una demanda millonaria debido a la suspensión de operaciones del proyecto minero El Tambor, propiedad de Exmingua.
La Tercera | 24-May-2018
Ciadi desestimó la anulación de la sentencia que había solicitado Bolivia, por lo que tendrá que pagar la indemnización a Quiborax, firma ligada a la familia Fosk.
EIN | 24-May-2018
The Stati Parties have requested to enforce the award issued in their favor including by attaching Kazakh state commercial assets in the United States.
BN Americas | 24-May-2018
After a 14-year dispute between Quiborax and the Bolivian government, the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) rejected Bolivia’s application to annul a US$48.6mn award in favor of the Chilean mining company.
BN Americas | 24-May-2018
Exmingua is planning to launch arbitration proceedings against Guatemala following the suspension of its Tambor gold project.
Deutsch Welle | 24-May-2018
The German cabinet has confirmed that two utilities operating in Germany are entitled to compensation for losses stemming from the country’s nuclear phaseout. The move is in line with an earlier top court ruling.
Metro | 24-May-2018
Le projet de traité d’arbitrage liant la Belgique et le Luxembourg à Oman a été approuvé, par le Parlement de Wallonie
Le Figaro | 24-May-2018
Il sera à l’avenir possible de scinder les accords commerciaux en deux pour éviter que les traités puissent être stoppés par un seul Parlement national ou régional, comme ce fut le cas dans le passé pour le Ceta.
Business Standard | 23-May-2018
India may not accept international arbitration orders annulling tax demands on British firms Vodafone Plc and Cairn Energy.

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