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.

Reuters | 29-Jun-2021
An international arbitration panel ruled Costa Rica does not owe Canadian miner Infinito Gold compensation after the cancellation of a mining project a decade ago.
ICSID | 29-Jun-2021
Ecuador had denounced the ICSID Convention in 2009. The convention establishes the institutional and legal framework for resolving international investment disputes.
People’s World | 29-Jun-2021
To seriously address the roots and causes of migration, it is urgent to dismantle the neoliberal rules which grant excessive privileges to transnational corporations.
Collectif Stop Tafta | 29-Jun-2021
Les lobbies des entreprises ont commencé à faire pression sur la Commission européenne pour créer un nouveau système de justice parallèle, similaire aux anciens TBI intra-UE, mais compatible avec le droit européen.
CEO | 29-Jun-2021
Business lobby groups started lobbying the European Commission to create a new parallel justice system, similar to the old intra-EU BITs, but compatible with EU law.
redGE | 28-Jun-2021
Este informe contiene una sistematización de estadísticas en base a un análisis de los casos inversor-Estado conocidos contra Perú hasta Diciembre de 2020. Perú cuenta con 27 Tratados Bilaterales de Inversión (TBI) vigentes.
CIAR Global | 28-Jun-2021
Los Derechos Humanos están en el centro de numerosas demandas de arbitraje de inversiones.
América Latina Mejor sin TLC | 25-Jun-2021
Así lo anunció la embajadora de este país en Estados Unidos. El CIADI es un organismo del Banco Mundial donde las multinacionales pueden demandar a los Estados cuando consideran afectadas sus inversiones.
ISDS Impactos | 25-Jun-2021
Bufetes de abogados y empresas amenazan con demandar a Estados por medidas contra Covid-19
CIAR Global | 24-Jun-2021
Ayer, 21 de junio de 2021 y después de 12 años de su denuncia y correspondiente retirada por parte del Gobierno de Rafael Correa, Ecuador vuelve a aceptar el arbitraje de inversiones con la firma del Convenio sobre Arreglo de Diferencias relativas a Inversiones entre Estados y Nacionales de otros Estados: el Convenio CIADI.

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