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.

  • 23-Feb-2016 ICTSD
    NAFTA wind energy dispute ramps up

    The case concerns a moratorium imposed in 2011 by the Canadian province of Ontario on offshore wind energy generation projects, citing public concerns and scientific uncertainties about the health, safety, and environmental effects.

  • 22-Feb-2016 CNN
    The real danger in TPP

    This threat to the law and to democratic processes has no place in a 21st century trade agreement and should be removed before these agreements can be seriously considered.

  • 19-Feb-2016 Tercera Información
    Las trampas del TTIP

    A comienzos del 2013 comenzó su singladura el llamado TTIP con el objetivo de “relanzar el intercambio de bienes, servicios e inversiones entre EEUU y la Unión Europea” y que podría atracar en puerto en el 2017 tras culminar recientemente la UE y EE.UU. la última ronda de conversaciones.

  • 18-Feb-2016 Ecologistas en Acción
    El ICS no es más que la versión zombi del ISDS

    Ecologistas en Acción, junto con otras 14 organizaciones europeas, publica un informe que muestra que las propuestas de la Comisión Europea para el capítulo de protección de las inversiones en el tratado comercial entre la UE y EE UU (TTIP por sus siglas en inglés), sigue siendo una amenaza para la democracia.

  • 18-Feb-2016 Friends of the Earth Europe
    Investment court system, ISDS in disguise: 10 reasons why the EU’s proposal doesn’t fix a flawed system

    The European Commission has proposed a new ’Investment Court System’ to replace the current investor to state dispute settlement mechanism (ISDS) in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and other future investment deals.

  • 18-Feb-2016 Les Amis de la Terre
    TAFTA, les droits des investisseurs étrangers privilégiés aux droits des citoyens ?

    La Commission européenne a soumis une nouvelle proposition de « système juridictionnel des investissements ». Nous avons identifié 10 problèmes majeurs qui illustrent combien les droits des investisseurs étrangers continuent d’être privilégiés.

  • 17-Feb-2016 CTV
    Parts of Canada-EU trade deal still being revised: chief negotiator

    Canada is working with the European Union to revise controversial investor protection provisions in their landmark free trade deal at the direction of the new Liberal government.

  • 17-Feb-2016 Embassy
    Canada re-opens investment talks with India

    Canada’s government has officially re-opened negotiations with India over a bilateral investment treaty the two sides nearly agreed upon almost a decade ago.

  • 16-Feb-2016 Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
    Japan and the Islamic Republic of Iran sign a bilateral investment agreement

    The Agreement stipulates rules for investment protection and the development of an investment environment.

  • 16-Feb-2016 The Jakarta Post
    TPP may bankrupt Indonesia, activists say

    Indonesia could fall into bankruptcy if the biggest market in Southeast Asia join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which would allow investors to sue the government.

  • 16-Feb-2016 Tele Sur
    US-EU trade will undermine ’tax justice,’ says report

    The secretive TTIP could make it easier than ever for big business to sue governments, according to new research.

  • 15-Feb-2016 IISD
    Conciliation and arbitration law: Times of change in investment protection in Bolivia

    Bolivia’s experience has shown that attracting foreign investment does not by itself generate the expected development for host states and that, rather, it consists in a mechanism for financing and transferring resources from the South to the North.

  • 15-Feb-2016 IISD
    Negotiations kick off on a binding treaty on business and human rights

    The UNGPs set out a three-pillar framework: the state duty to protect human rights, the corporate responsibility to respect human rights, and access to remedy for victims of business-related abuses.

  • 12-Feb-2016 The Clinic
    Chile: Las críticas al TPP y la respuesta de la sociedad civil a Heraldo Muñoz

    El domingo pasado el canciller, Heraldo Muñoz, tras firmar el Acuerdo de Asociación Transpacífico, que debe ser ratificado por el Parlamento, argumentó que las críticas se debían a desinformación. La organización civil, Chile mejor sin TPP, responde al secretario de Estado y refuta sus afirmaciones sobre los beneficios que traerá para el país el cuestionado acuerdo comercial.

  • 12-Feb-2016 Diario UNO
    Perú: Usan el TLC para exigir pago de bonos agrarios

    Fondos de inversión como Gramercy Funds Management, presionan al Perú para cobrar bonos agrarios en soles de los años 60, por más de mil millones de dólares.

  • 12-Feb-2016 El Dínamo
    El TPP: la verdad entre bastidores

    Chile lo firmó en Nueva Zelanda la semana pasada. Con ello la polémica se abre y amenaza ser una bola de fuego. Para unos es la ignominia, para otros, la salvación, como lo ha dicho la Cancillería chilena. 

  • 12-Feb-2016 SteelOrbis
    Tenaris wins $173 million dispute in Venezuela

    Luxembourg-based pipe producer Tenaris announced it won a $172.8 million compensation for the expropriation by Venezuela of Tenaris’ and its subsidiary Talta’s interests.

  • 11-Feb-2016 No al TTIP
    TTIP: la privatización de la justicia

    ¿Qué son los tribunales de arbitraje? ¿A quién benefician? ¿Pueden poner a un estado bajo las cuerdas? ¿Desde cuándo existen? ¿Qué papel juegan en las negociaciones del TTIP?

  • 11-Feb-2016 Business Today
    The whole BIT

    The revised model text for bilateral investment treaties has addressed many concerns, but to avoid litigations, India must renegotiate existing treaties on the basis of the new norms.

  • 9-Feb-2016 UNCTAD
    Record number of investor-state arbitrations filed in 2015

    The number of investor-State dispute settlement (ISDS) cases filed in 2015 reached a record high of 70.

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