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 | 19-May-2021
Finley Resources alleges Mexico violated investor protections under the NAFTA trade pact by failing to honor agreements.
Mint | 19-May-2021
Devas (Mauritius) Ltd, Telcom Devas Mauritius Ltd and Devas Employees Mauritius Pvt. Ltd are seeking to enforce an international arbitration award they had won in 2015.
The Ecologist | 18-May-2021
The shadowy parallel court system of major trade agreements makes it difficult for countries to ban broad-spectrum insecticides.
Radio Uchile | 17-May-2021
La plataforma se refirió a la decisión de la aseguradora Ohio National de iniciar un litigio con Chile luego de la reforma que permite solicitar un anticipo de las rentas vitalicias.
The Indian Express | 17-May-2021
Cairn filed the lawsuit in the US, seeking to make disinvestment-bound Air India liable for the judgment that was awarded to Cairn.
CIAR Global | 14-May-2021
Un grupo de inversores en hidrocarburos estadounidenses: Finley Resources Inc., MWS Management Inc., y Prize Permanent Holdings, LLC han presentado una solicitud de arbitraje de inversiones contra México ante el Centro Internacional de Arreglo de Diferencias relativas a Inversiones.
Diario Uchile | 14-May-2021
La decisión de Ohio National de someter al Estado chileno al mecanismo de solución de controversias dispuesto en el TLC con Estados Unidos, levantó las alarmas respecto de la pérdida de soberanía para nuestro país. Tres expertos analizaron los hechos y entregan sus impresiones al respecto.
Chile Mejor sin TLC | 14-May-2021
La activación del mecanismo de solución de controversias demuestra que los Tratados de Libre Comercio cercenan la soberanía del estado de Chile cuando asume decisiones como estas.

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