Financial stability

Investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) is one of the greatest threats to the re-regulation of finance. ISDS empowers the very firms that financial regulation seeks to govern. These firms can bypass host country domestic courts and directly challenge domestic policies in a parallel system of justice.

Financial and non-financial firms have increasingly used ISDS provisions in trade agreements to challenge financial regulations and emergency financial stability measures.

Most well-known cases include:

• Investors vs. Argentina: When the country froze its utility rates and devaluated its currency in response to its 2001-2002 financial crisis, it was hit by over 40 lawsuits from investors, including Suez, Vivendi (France) and Anglian Water (UK). By January 2014, Argentina had been ordered to pay a total of US$980 million (various BITs invoked).

• Poštová Banka (Slovakia) & Istrokapital (Cyprus) vs. Greece: the Slovak bank and its Cypriot investor sued Greece on account of the restructuring of the country’s sovereign debt, after having bought Greek government bonds at a knockdown value. The investors lost the case. (Greece-Slovakia & Cyprus-Greece BITs invoked).

• Saluka (Netherlands) vs. Czech Republic: the Dutch investment corporation filed an ISDS dispute against the Czech government for not bailing out a private bank, in which the company had a stake, in the same way that the government bailed out banks in which the government had a major stake. The bailouts came in response to a widespread bank debt crisis. The investor was awarded US$236 million (Czech Republic-Netherlands BIT invoked).

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(March 2020)

The Leaflet | 27-Apr-2021
The international economic law regime has stripped India of over $3.8 billion in taxes due by Vodafone and Cairn Energy, as the country is battling the Covid19 crisis.
Business Standard | 12-Apr-2021
Cairn Energy has offered to invest the entire award money in India, which includes the principal amount of $1.2 billion and interest of $500 million if the government agrees to enforce the award.
IISD | 9-Apr-2021
Un tribunal de la CPA desestimó las objeciones jurisdiccionales presentadas por India y concluyó que dicho país incumplió con el estándar de TJE bajo el TBI entre India y el Reino Unido. El caso fue iniciado por Cairn Energy.
IISD | 9-Apr-2021
Un tribunal arbitral a rejeté les objections à la compétence de l’Inde et conclu que le pays avait violé la norme TJE du TBI Inde-Royaume-Uni, dans un arbitrage lancé par Cairn Energy.
IISD | 9-Apr-2021
A PCA tribunal dismissed India’s jurisdictional objections and found it in breach of the FET standard in the India–UK BIT in an arbitration under UNCITRAL rules initiated by Cairn Energy.
Global Legal Chronicle | 9-Apr-2021
The Paris Court of appeal set aside the arbitral award issued in the dispute Oschadbank v. the Russian Federation, finding that the tribunal lacked temporal jurisdiction.
Pulse | 6-Apr-2021
According to sources related to the Lone Star ISD, the tribunal is expected to give a final ruling on Lone Star versus the Korean government case that has dragged on for nine years within the first half.
Ukrinform | 1-Apr-2021
Oschadbank plans to immediately appeal against the judgment of the Paris Court of Appeal, which rejected the award in the case against Russia over compensation for losses caused by the occupation of Crimea.
Live Mint | 23-Mar-2021
India is believed to have challenged in a court in The Hague an arbitration tribunal verdict that overturned its demand for ₹10,247 crore in back taxes from Cairn Energy Plc — the second time in three months that it has refused to accept an international award against retrospective tax.
Business Standard | 19-Mar-2021
India has time till mid-April to file an appeal against an international arbitration tribunal ordering it to repay UK’s Cairn Energy Plc USD 1.2 billion-plus interest and cost, but the challenge can only be on limited grounds such as procedure not being followed.

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