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.

Korea Herald | 15-Oct-2018
Swiss elevator maker, Schindler Group, has officially filed for an investor state dispute settlement against the Korean government seeking US$300 million in compensation for losses over its approval of paid-in capital increase of Hyundai Elevator
Financial Review | 12-Oct-2018
Crossbenchers are ramping up pressure on Labor at the 11th hour to reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement, drafting amendments that would force opposition senators to vote against the party’s policy.
IISD | 11-Oct-2018
The number of known investment treaty claims concerning agricultural investments has grown rapidly in recent years. This new briefing note from IIED, IISD and CCSI helps policy makers navigate the challenges.
Business Times | 11-Oct-2018
Singapore and Indonesia signed an agreement to promote and protect investments, with the treaty promising Singapore companies operating in Indonesia protection and access to international arbitration in the event of investment disputes.
CincoDías | 8-Oct-2018
Más de 40 inversores mexicanos registran una demanda ante el Ciadi. Entre ellos figuran el presidente de Grupo México y la socimi española Quonia
The East African | 8-Oct-2018
Tanzania has terminated its Bilateral Investment Agreement with the Netherlands that East African and Dutch civil society had said was biased against the country.
CIAR Global | 5-Oct-2018
En el nuevo “United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement” (USMCA), la resolución de controversias se trata en el Capítulo 31, que establece, entre otros, una nueva dinámica de formación de tribunales.
El Salto Diario | 4-Oct-2018
En la medianoche del domingo, y tras meses de fuertes tensiones diplomáticas, los gobiernos de los Estados Unidos y de Canadá adoptaron un nuevo acuerdo comercial preliminar, junto con México, que ahora se llamaría United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA, el Acuerdo de los Estados Unidos con México y Canadá), reafirmando el papel hegemónico estadounidense. Este tipo de acuerdos provocan la precarización laboral, la bajada de salarios y daños ambientales irreversibles.
Washington Post | 4-Oct-2018
The oil business persuaded the White House to keep a number of features of the old NAFTA, including provisions that help protect US oil companies’ investments abroad and allow for tax-free transport of raw and refined products across borders.
La Jornada | 2-Oct-2018
Amplía Ottawa el acceso a lácteos. Washington cede y permite que se mantenga el mecanismo de solución de controversias

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