investor-state disputes | ISDS
3-Jul-2015 Policy Alternatives Canada is being pummeled by NAFTA corporate lawsuits. Why do we put up with it?
25-Mar-2015 Economic Times
Cairn Plc is seeking compensation from the government of India for the steep fall in the value of its shares in Vedanta-controlled Cairn India, which it is not allowed to sell until it settles a controversial retrospective tax demand of $1.60 billion, under the UK-India Bilateral Investment Treaty.
25-Mar-2015 Globe & Mail
A NAFTA arbitration panel has ruled against Canada in a claim by a US company that wanted to develop a quarry in Nova Scotia, although a dissenting member of the panel warned that the decision will be seen as a “remarkable step backwards” in environmental protection.
25-Mar-2015 The Guardian
A future government must be allowed to expand the NHS without facing legal challenge under a proposed new EU-US trade deal, according to a sharply critical report from an all-party committee of MPs.
25-Mar-2015 Washington International Trade Association
Former US judge, arbitrator and president of the International Court of Justice says the ISDS system, currently under attack, reflects US law and enforces US leadership and therefore should be preserved.
23-Mar-2015 Public Citizen
Questions and answers on investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) that pertain to incorrect claims being made by the Office of the US Trade Representative.
Cecilia Malmström, la commissaire européenne en charge du commerce, a déclaré qu’elle soutenait l’idée d’un tribunal d’investissement permanent pour remplacer le mécanisme de règlement des différends entre investisseurs et États, qui a suscité un débat virulent dans les négociations sur le TTIP.
23-Mar-2015 Deutsche Welle
German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel has pledged to prevent any clauses in a US-EU trade deal that go against the ideals of his party, the Social Democrats - including protection clauses called for by the US.
19-Mar-2015 Australia Broadcasting Corporation
Trans-Pacific Partnership: Trade deal could force Australian Government to spend millions to subsidise medicines, expert warns
Australia’s primary negotiator on medicines for the US-Australia FTA, Dr Ruth Lopert, warns that the TPP could force the Australian Government to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to subsidise medicines.
The UN Convention on Transparency in Treaty-Based Investor-State Arbitration has been opened for signature.
16-Mar-2015 La Rioja
El TTIP aspira a armonizar la regulación financiera o energética, pero genera rechazo por los tribunales de arbitraje o la seguridad alimentaria.
Deux citoyens turcs, soupconnés de fraude en Turquie, ont déposé une demande de 750 millions de dollars contre la Suisse, lui reprochant d’avoir violé un accord bilatéral de protection des investissements.
16-Mar-2015 The Southern Times
With increased levels of investment into Africa, the number of legal disputes in the continent is also on the rise.
13-Mar-2015 Express Tribune
Pakistan has rejected the United States’ proposed draft of a Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) between the two countries, saying the acceptance of the US template would carry ‘dangerous obligations’ for the country.
Law professors from across the United States urged lawmakers to keep rules to protect foreign investors out of trade pacts on Wednesday, warning they would give big companies too much power.
10-Mar-2015 The Guardian
A major free trade deal should not allow US companies to sue European nations when they pass environmental laws that hurt their profits, MPs in the UK said on Tuesday.
Hungary will not support any trade agreement between the United States and the European Union that impairs the jurisdiction of Hungarian courts in trade disputes, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Friday.
Studies that promote investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) have generated misleading numbers and dubious recommendations. Legislators should approach all studies with caution, warns Gus Van Harten.
Today the Socialist and Democrats Group in the European Parliament adopted a very strong position paper on Investor-State Dispute Settlements, opposing the inclusion of the controversial mechanism in trade deals with both the US and Canada.
4-Mar-2015 Bangkok Post
The investment chapter under the proposed TPP and the Thailand-EU FTA, if adopted, might place Thailand’s substantive ability to protect public interests at risk, warns Jakkrit Kuanpoth.
4-Mar-2015 Australia Broadcasting Corporation
Discussion with Susan Sell, Matthew Rimmer and Jane Kelsey