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.

IISD | 14-Aug-2018
El financiamiento de litigios por terceros (third-party litigation funding, TPF) es una industria en rápida expansión conformada por inversores especuladores que invierten en una demanda jurídica reclamando el control de un caso y una contingencia en la recuperación
IISD | 14-Aug-2018
These claims come at a significant cost to target countries and their citizens, since these claims will ultimately be paid by a large underrepresented class of stakeholders: the public.
IISD | 14-Aug-2018
Ces recours représentent un coût significatif pour les pays ciblés et leurs citoyens, puisque qu’ils devront au final être réglés par un groupe de partie-prenantes largement sous-représenté : le public.
Voxy | 14-Aug-2018
A range of labour, health and environmental organisations are calling for a clause to be inserted into the CPTPP Amendment Bill that would prevent future governments from extending investor-state dispute settlement to countries seeking to join the agreement.
BBVA | 14-Aug-2018
BBVA has requested arbitration under the investment agreement between Spain and Bolivia with respect to the transfer of BBVA Previsión AFP (Pension Fund Administrator) to the Government of Bolivia.
América Economía | 14-Aug-2018
La firma de origen indio presentó un proyecto en 2011 con el objetivo de instalar una mina en Valentines para extraer hierro. Sin embargo, la aprobación de una ley de minería fue interpretado por Aratirí como un cambio en las reglas de juego.
Página Siete | 14-Aug-2018
El BBVA inició una demanda de arbitraje contra el Estado boliviano ante el CIADI, por su salida de la administración de la AFP Previsión BBV, según un comunicado oficial del banco español en su página web.
IISD | 10-Aug-2018
An arbitration tribunal found that Spain’s electricity reforms breached its obligation to accord to the investor fair and equitable treatment under the Energy Charter Treaty
IISD | 10-Aug-2018
Un tribunal d’arbitrage a déterminé que les réformes du secteur de l’électricité menées par l’Espagne violaient l’obligation du pays d’accorder un traitement juste et équitable à l’investisseur au titre du Traité sur la Charte de l’énergie.
CCSI | 10-Aug-2018
As states look back over decades of treaty practice, the expected benefits have not clearly materialized, whereas the costs have been unexpectedly high.

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