investor-state disputes | ISDS
3-Aug-2015 War on Want A spokesperson for the company Eurotunnel has revealed that the UK and French governments were required by a private arbitration tribunal to pay out nearly 24 million euros for failing to provide adequate security around the entrance to the Channel Tunnel between 1999 and 2002.
The International Trade Union Confederation calls on the government of El Salvador to denounce all treaties establishing ISDS proceedings.
15-Apr-2015 Equal Times
The Central American state of El Salvador could be forced to pay US$301 million in damages to an Australian-Canadian mining company, OceanaGold, after the company’s application for a mining license was rejected on the basis of the projected environmental damage it would cause.
15-Apr-2015 South China Morning Post
In terms of international transactions, FDI is more important than trade but it is subject to global policy disarray.
In response to growing public criticism of international investment law, a new lobby group has emerged, EFILA, seeking to influence European officials.
14-Apr-2015 Observatoire des Multinationales
An international arbitral tribunal has just ordered Argentina to pay nearly 400 million Euro to Suez because in 2006, after years of conflict, Argentina renationalized the water services in Buenos Aires.
13-Apr-2015 Observatoire des Multinationales
Un tribunal arbitral international vient de condamner l’Argentine à verser près de 400 millions d’euros à Suez environnement, pour avoir renationalisé le service de l’eau de Buenos Aires en 2006, après des années de conflits.
10-Apr-2015 Malaysia Kini
The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) is most concerned about the serious implications of Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) clauses and provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) and other such agreements and treaties that Malaysia signs.
AFL-CIO and Canadian Labour Congress joint statement on promoting trade deals that work for people over profits
The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) and the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) call for an end to ISDS in all pending trade and investment agreements.
10-Apr-2015 Cambridge University Press
The treaty-based system of investment protection has become tenuous, and change has become inevitable. Emphasising the changes resulting from resistance to a system based on neoliberal foundations, this study looks at recent developments in the area.
9-Apr-2015 Amazon Watch
Chevron’s secret videos show company technicians finding and mocking extensive oil contamination in Ecuador rainforest
An apparent Chevron whistleblower has sent Amazon Watch dozens of internal company videos showing Chevron employees and consultants manipulating evidence linked to the oil giant’s extensive contamination - and legal dispute - in Ecuador.
3-Apr-2015 Indian Express
The finance ministry has drafted a fresh bilateral investment protection treaty that would keep taxation measures and issuance of compulsory licences for intellectual property rights out of the sphere of arbitration while preventing foreign investors to drag India to arbitration for any dispute that has already been settled by the courts.
Leaked investment chapter of the TPP: broad similarities to the US Model BIT, a nod to the ongoing debate and some outstanding issues
The leaked investment chapter of the TPP looks very similar to the 2012 US Model BIT, with a few notable additions and changes to the text.
In many cases, international investment agreements have the purpose and/or effect of hijacking the international human rights system.
Resistance is mounting against the booming and lucrative business of multinational companies suing governments.
30-Mar-2015 La Via Campesina
17 avril 2015: Journée internationale des luttes paysannes contre les transnationales et les traités de libre-échange
Le 17 avril 2015, La Via Campesina internationale concentrera sa mobilisation sur les impacts des entreprises transnationales et les traités de libre échange affectant l’agriculture paysanne et la souveraineté nationale.
30-Mar-2015 Business Standard
Cairn Energy Plc’s demand for compensation from India for the Rs 10,200 crore tax notice slapped on Cairn India earlier this month under the ambit of the India-UK Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (BIPA) has divided those in the government and those outside it.
According to sources ay India’s Central Board of Direct Taxes, tax matters are not covered under UK-India bilateral Investment treaty (BIT).
30-Mar-2015 El Periódico de Aragón
Imagine un tribunal donde los inversores extranjeros pueden presentar demandas contra los Estados, pero nunca al contrario. Un tribunal donde no hay derecho a apelar.
30-Mar-2015 La Via Campesina
17 April 2015: International Day of Peasant and Farmer Struggle against Transnational Companies and Free Trade Agreements
This April 17th 2015, La Via Campesina will focus its mobilizations on the impacts of Transnational Corporations and Free Trade Agreements on peasant and small-scale agriculture and national food sovereignty
The Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade committee is now accepting public submissions on the NZ-Korea Free Trade Agreement, providing Kiwis with a rare chance to break the silence on the controversial investor-state dispute settlement provisions in that agreement and in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, according to It’s Our Future NZ.