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.

Entorno Inteligente | 26-Jul-2017
El fondo inversor Burford Capital Limited , que la semana pasada le ganó un juicio a la Argentina ante el Ciadi por la estatización de Aerolíneas, reconoció que esa decisión no significa necesariamente que el monto de u$s 320 millones será realmente pagado en su totalidad
Volterra Fietta | 26-Jul-2017
The data lead to the inexorable conclusion that the European Commission’s declaration that “investment treaty arbitration is dead” is wrong by a ratio of over 1:3,000.
Lexology | 26-Jul-2017
One should be cautious with jumping to conclusions for the still pending Spanish ECT cases.
Reuters | 26-Jul-2017
The World Bank’s arbitration tribunal has ordered Argentina to pay $320 million plus interest and legal fees to Spanish travel group Marsans for expropriating its airline Aerolineas Argentinas SA in 2008.
Kapitalis | 26-Jul-2017
Le Cirdi a rendu son verdict : l’Etat tunisien s’est rendu coupable de violation du droit de propriété d’ABCI sur la Banque franco-tunisienne (BFT)
Gestión | 25-Jul-2017
EE.UU. confirmó la semana pasada que entre sus principales objetivos en el TLCAN está la eliminación del mecanismo de resolución de controversias del capítulo 19 que Mulroney hizo tanto para preservar.
Montevideo Portal | 25-Jul-2017
Los inversores de la minera Aratirí notificaron al presidente Tabaré Vázquez sobre el inicio de una demanda millonaria contra el Estado uruguayo por "dañar" su inversión, según informa hoy el semanario Búsqueda.
Noticias en Red | 25-Jul-2017
El fallo del Ciadi condenando a Argentina a pagar casi 400 millones de dólares fue obtenido por el estudio de Diego y Alejandro Fargosi.
CETRI | 24-Jul-2017
De plus en plus de voix s’élèvent en Europe contre les accords de libre-échange, y compris au sein des parlements. Ces critiques annoncent-elles une rupture ? Pour mesurer la portée et les limites de ces accords, il vaut la peine de s’intéresser à leurs impacts dans le Sud ainsi qu’aux résistances qu’ils y ont suscitées.
Asian Tribune | 24-Jul-2017
Officials from ASEAN member states and other countries meeting in India this week for negotiations on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) should take steps to ensure that the trade deal safeguards human rights, Southeast Asian lawmakers said today.

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