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.

S2B | 16-Feb-2018
The undersigned organisations take the position that it is advisable to break away from the fundamentally flawed and increasingly controversial ISDS system.
TNI | 16-Feb-2018
We call on the EU and Indonesia to use the CEPA negotiations to design an investment chapter that prioritises equitable and sustainable development.
Politheor | 15-Feb-2018
Why are countries so gripped in their quest for economic growth that they are empowering multinational corporations at the expense of their citizens?
African Law Business | 14-Feb-2018
South Africa’s new arbitration law came into force at the end of 2017. Now lawyers and clients alike will have to see if it lives up to its promises.
Friends of the Earth Europe | 13-Feb-2018
In September 2017, the investor filed a €500 million ISDS claim against the Republic of Croatia at an arbitration tribunal because the "state [had taken] away their development licences"
CCSI | 12-Feb-2018
Evidence suggests that the inclusion of ISDS in investment treaties may not actually be effective, or optimally effective, while at the same time, ISDS imposes significant costs on the sustainable development objectives of states.
Cision | 12-Feb-2018
Frozen assets secure a US$520 million award against Republic of Kazakhstan.
Yonhap News Agency | 12-Feb-2018
South Korea’s trade ministry said Monday it will seek ways to better protect investor rights from arbitrary regulations when holding talks with China to expand the scope of the two countries’ free trade agreement (FTA) to the service and investment sector.
Cronista | 9-Feb-2018
El consorcio Kuntur Wasi integrado por el holding argentino Corporación América y la empresa peruana Andino Investment Holding iniciará un proceso de arbitraje internacional contra Perú, luego de no lograr un acuerdo en una mediación local por la cancelación de un contrato para construir un aeropuerto de u$s 520 millones en la región de Cusco.
La Tribune Afrique | 9-Feb-2018
Plusieurs sociétés minières internationales réclament 3,3 milliards de dollars au Kenya auprès du Centre international pour le règlement des différends relatifs aux investissements.

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