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.

Exit | 20-May-2019
While the award rendered by the ICSID on April 24, 2019, has not been disclosed, Albanian media have circulated unconfirmed reports of €110 million.
Medias24 | 20-May-2019
Dans son litige face au Maroc, Corral Morocco Holding, actionnaire majoritaire de la Samir, réclame 1,5 milliard de dollars de dédommagements, soit l’équivalent de 14 milliards de DH marocains.
CIAR Global | 17-May-2019
La Comisión Europea adoptó el pasado 14 de mayo una propuesta de Decisión del Consejo que autoriza las negociaciones para modernizar el Tratado de la Carta de la Energía (TCE), de la que forma parte la UE.
CADTM | 17-May-2019
Si hay algún caso que evidencie la ofensiva de las empresas transnacionales contra la vida y la democracia ese es, sin duda, el caso Chevron.
Medias24 | 16-May-2019
Emise en 2013 à la demande du Vietnam, la notice rouge visant Ahmed El Fehdi a été levée. Les dirigeants de la holding H&A Investment comptent désormais engager une procédure d’arbitrage CIRDI contre Hanoi.
News Ghana | 15-May-2019
The African Union (AU) stressed the need to boost African countries’ capacity on both Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) and state-to-state dispute, as the African Continental Free Trade Area edges closer to entry into force.
European Commission | 15-May-2019
The European Commission adopted a proposal for a Council Decision authorising negotiations to modernise the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT), to which the EU is part.
ISDS América Latina | 14-May-2019
22 de los 42 países en la región ya han sido demandados a través del sistema de arbitraje de inversores (ISDS). El 73,8% de las demandas fueron hacia Argentina, Venezuela, México, Ecuador, Bolivia y Perú.
Russian Fund for the Protection of Investors’ Rights in Foreign States | 14-May-2019
The Fund for Protection of Investors’ Rights in Foreign States sent an notice of arbitration against Lithuania for the illegal expropriation of the Bank “Snoras”, in accordance with the investment agreement between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Lithuania.
L’Echo | 14-May-2019
Il accuse la Belgique de ne pas l’avoir protégé face à un traitement inégalitaire vis-à-vis d’autres clubs. Et d’avoir contribué à lui faire perdre tous ses investissements.

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