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.

Emerging Europe | 26-May-2021
Kazakhstan claims that two Moldovan investors, Anatol and Gabriel Stati, fraudulently won an arbitration award of 500 million US dollars.
The Indian Express | 25-May-2021
German telecom company Deutsche Telekom, an investor in Indian firm Devas Multimedia Pvt Ltd, has filed a petition in a US court against the Indian government seeking confirmation of a $135-million compensation payment to it.
Les Echos | 25-May-2021
Sodexo a annoncé la confirmation par le CIRDI de la décision arbitrale qui avait été rendue en sa faveur en janvier 2019.
Médias24 | 25-May-2021
Suite à une transaction, désistement des deux parties dans leur arbitrage au CIRDI. Le Maroc risquait une condamnation à 50 millions d’euros.
Le Soir d’Algérie | 21-May-2021
Un groupe cimentier égyptien réclame à l’Algérie le versement de 900 millions de dollars et menace de le mener à l’arbitrage international.
Infobae | 20-May-2021
México enfrenta 13 disputas de arbitraje ante el CIADI, 10 de las cuales han sido introducidas desde 2018.
El Desconcierto | 20-May-2021
La aseguradora Ohio National pidió al gobierno de Chile dar inicio a “un procedimiento de consultas amistosas y negociaciones para intentar resolver las grandes consecuencias”, presuntamente ocasionadas por la ley recientemente promulgada que permite el retiro de rentas vitalicias.
Chile Mejor sin TLC | 20-May-2021
Si Ohio National Seguros de Vida gana esta disputa, el Estado de Chile tendría que impedir el retiro del 10% de las rentas vitalicias, o pagar una indemnización de miles de millones de dólares a las empresas aseguradoras que operan en el país.
Crowell Moring | 20-May-2021
Canada released its “modernized and inclusive” Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement Model, sending a message that it intends to continue to provide international dispute resolution protections to foreign investors.
Global Arbitration News | 19-May-2021
For the Advocate General , the award must be subject to a comprehensive review of the award in light of EU law and the arbitration agreement must not violate the principle of equal treatment.

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