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.

Global Justice Now | 15-Feb-2019
A Q&A to deal with tricky questions about corporate courts and our campaign against them.
Client Earth | 15-Feb-2019
This critical analysis of the AG’s Opinion will quickly recall the background and implications of the case before commenting on the most controversial points of the AG’s reasoning.
Basta | 15-Feb-2019
D’un côté, la justice européenne estime que les tribunaux privés d’arbitrage sont illégaux au sein de l’espace européen. De l’autre, le Parlement européen vient d’adouber l’accord de libre-échange avec Singapour, champion en matière d’opacité financière.
No al TTIP | 13-Feb-2019
Las organizaciones europeas que son parte de la campaña “Derechos para las personas, obligaciones para las multinacionales” expresan su decepción por la aprobación en el Parlamento Europeo de los tratados tanto de comercio como el de inversión entre UE-Singapur (EUSIPA) con 436 votos a favor y 203 votos en contra.
El Financiero | 13-Feb-2019
El fabricante estadounidense de envases de vidrio Owens-Illinois Inc. demandó a Venezuela y a las empresas estatales mientras busca cobrar un arbitraje de $ 500 millones por la nacionalización de dos plantas en 2010.
The Citizen | 12-Feb-2019
Tanzania has embarked on process of regulation of its foreign investment regime by enacting legislation, which exclude international arbitration.
JDSupra | 12-Feb-2019
Resumen del CIADI – Nuevas reclamaciones contra países de América Latina. Ecuador, Argentina y Uruguay aprueban nuevas leyes de inversión y arbitraje
JDSupra | 12-Feb-2019
New claims against Latin American countries. Ecuador, Argentina and Uruguay pass new investment and arbitration laws.
Reuters | 12-Feb-2019
US glass container maker Owens-Illinois Inc has sued Venezuela and state-owned companies as it seeks to collect a $500 million arbitration award over the 2010 nationalization of two plants.
IGIHE | 12-Feb-2019
Un groupe d’investisseurs américains prétend que le Rwanda a illégalement saisi leurs concessions et « nationalisé » leurs avoirs ainsi que leurs activités minières. Ils exigent une indemnisation 95 millions de dollars.

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