Amérique du Nord

Le Canada et les Etats-Unis ont conclu plus de 170 accords d’investissement internationaux, dont l’Accord de libre-échange nord-américain (ALENA) avec le Mexique et le Partenariat transpacifique (TPP en anglais), avec des autres Etats de la cote pacifique, ce dernier en phase de ratification.

Les Etats-Unis sont aussi signataires de l’Accord de libre-échange entre l’Amérique centrale et la République Dominicaine (CAFTA en anglais) et sont en train de négocier le Partenariat transatlantique sur le commerce et l’investissement (TTIP ou TAFTA en anglais) avec l’Union européenne.

Le Canada a signé l’Accord sur la promotion et la protection des investissements étrangers (FIPA en anglais) avec la Chine et l’Accord économique et commercial global (AECG ou CETA en anglais) avec l’Union européenne, celui-ci en phase de ratification.

Les investisseurs états-uniens ont considérablement utilisé les clauses du règlement des différends investisseur-Etat (ISDS en anglais) présentes dans ces traités. Ils ont initié environ 130 litiges, soit plus de 20% des cas connus dans le monde. La majorité des différends proviennent de multinationales originaires des Etats-Unis. Par ailleurs, les Etats-Unis n’ont jamais perdu de litige du type ISDS lorsqu’ils étaient ciblés.

Les investisseurs canadiens ont quant à eux initié environ 35 litiges et le Canada est le deuxième Etat développé le plus ciblé par l’ISDS (cinquième au niveau global).

(novembre 2015)

| 9-avr-2007
Global Gold mining company submitted its claim to the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), a body adjunct to the World Bank, against the Government of the Republic of Armenia (ROA). The Company is trying to protect its investment rights in arbitration court.
| 30-mar-2007
Pittsburgh-based Railroad Development Corporation (RDC) has hired former US trade agreement negotiator, Regina Vargo, and filed suit against the Guatemalan government under the investor-state provisions within Chapter 10 of CAFTA.
| 22-mar-2007
A US company mining gold in Armenia has initiated an international arbitration of its bitter dispute with Environment Minister Vartan Ayvazian whom it accuses of corruption and other violations of the law.
| 14-mar-2007
On the morning of Tuesday, March 13, Railroad Development Corporation (RDC) filed its Notice of Intent to Submit Claims to international arbitration against the Republic of Guatemala under the Central America-Dominican Republic-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA).
FPIF | 18-déc-2006
The investment rules in the Colombia and Peru trade pacts with the US deserve special scrutiny. They grant protections for private foreign investors that are virtually identical to those in NAFTA, CAFTA and myriad bilateral investment treaties signed over the past two decades. And yet these countries are being pulled on board at a time of a dramatic awakening about these rules’ potential for harm.
| 15-aoû-2006
Former Enron Corp. (ENE) water unit Azurix Corp. has been awarded $165 million against Argentina in the latest ruling on dozens of international arbitration claims brought against the country by foreign companies. A person familiar with the situation confirmed Tuesday that both parties were informed Monday of the decision by a tribunal at the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes, or the ICSID.
| 9-aoû-2006
"We are learning new things while we’re negotiating with the American representatives," said a Korean official who was part of the labor section negotiation team during the first round of the Korea-U.S. FTA talks, held in Washington last June. "The U.S. is demanding the introduction of a so-called ’public communication system,’ which was a term that we heard for the first time," the negotiator told Hankyoreh.
| 31-jui-2006
Vannessa Ventures Ltd. (the "Company") has an arbitral claim being heard in accordance with the rules of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) in Washington, D.C. where Vannessa is requesting remedies under the Bilateral Investment Treaty between Venezuela and Canada.
Mondaq | 15-jui-2006
It may be advantageous for foreign investors to pursue a claim under a Political Risk insurance policy and allow the insurers to recover subsequently under any applicable investment treaty by way of subrogation.
Khaleej Times | 5-jan-2006
A high powered US delegation is arriving here on 18 of this month to hold talks with the Pakistani authorities to finalise the BIT, in the absence of which, Washington was unprepared to sign Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Pakistan.

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