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.

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¡Hasta nunca Infinito Gold! Si bien con mucho retraso, la empresa por fin se despide de Costa Rica

31-Jul-2015 MiningWatch Canadá Organizaciones de la sociedad civil reciben con satisfacción el anuncio que Infinito Gold desistirá de su tortuosa intención de construir una mina en Costa Rica a pesar de la clara oposición del pueblo costarricense y los repetidos fallos en su contra.

  • 29-Jul-2014 iPolitics
    Germany insists it hasn’t scuttled CETA: report

    The German ministry of the economy has clarified its position on the Canada-EU trade agreement (CETA), saying it will “meticulously” examine the agreement as soon as it’s on the table, Agence France Presse reported Monday.

  • 26-Jul-2014 La Presse Canadienne
    Canada-UE: Berlin rejetterait l’accord

    L’Allemagne serait sur le point de rejeter l’accord de libre-échange conclu entre le Canada et l’Union européenne l’an dernier, a révélé samedi le Sueddeutsche Zeitung.

  • 26-Jul-2014 Reuters
    Germany to reject EU-Canada trade deal - Sueddeutsche newspaper

    Germany is to reject a multi-billion free trade deal between the European Union and Canada which is widely seen as a template for a bigger agreement with the United States, a leading German paper reported on Saturday.

  • 25-Jul-2014 EurActiv
    La consultation publique sur le TTIP mobilise les foules

    Lancée en mars, la consultation publique de la Commission européenne sur le Partenariat transatlantique pour le commerce et l’investissement (TTIP) a recueilli environ 150 000 réponses. Un record de mobilisation citoyenne.

  • 24-Jul-2014 EurActiv
    Commission swamped by 150,000 replies to TTIP consultation

    About 150,000 people have responded to the European Commission’s online consultation on the controversial investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) clause in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

  • 23-Jul-2014 iPolitics
    CETA ‘should be initialed by September 25′: EU Trade Commissioner

    The end of the Canada-EU trade agreement (CETA) technical negotiations are “in sight” and the deal should be initialed in time for a late September bilateral summit in Ottawa, EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht said Tuesday.

  • 22-Jul-2014 CR Hoy
    Costa Rica enfrenta nueva demanda, ahora por $70 millones, en sede internacional

    El país deberá enfrentar un nuevo proceso de demanda ante el Centro Internacional de Arreglo de Diferencias Relativas a Inversiones (Ciadi). Ahora fue un grupo de inversionistas estadounidenses el que activó la solicitud en esa sede internacional del Banco Mundial.

  • 22-Jul-2014 TDM Special Issue on "Arbitration in the Middle East - Expectations and Challenges for the Future"
    TDM Special Issue on "Arbitration in the Middle East - Expectations and Challenges for the Future"

    The volume of international business either in the Middle East or with a Middle Eastern element is increasing and many of the contracts being used provide for arbitration. While arbitration ("tahkim" in Arabic) has long-standing religious and cultural roots in the Middle East, there are a number of differences and tensions between the Western perception of arbitration and certain Islamic legal principles.

  • 16-Jul-2014
    121 scholars speak out against planned investor-state arbitration provisions in the US-EU TTIP, modeled on the Canada-EU CETA

    A group of 121 academic experts has spoken out against planned provisions on investor-state arbitration in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

  • 11-Jul-2014 Global Arbitration Review
    Supporters of investment arbitration launch EU think tank

    Corporate counsel and practitioners in Europe have formed a non-profit association to promote the benefits of investor-state arbitration and influence EU policy on investment protection.

  • 10-Jul-2014 ENDS Europe
    Juncker states his opposition to fracking

    Asked about the trade deal the Commission is currently negotiating with the US, which campaigners fear will allow private companies to challenge the EU’s environmental rules, Mr Juncker stressed that the normal, publicly accountable, court system should be used instead of private courts or arbitration panels.

  • 10-Jul-2014 Basta !
    Comment l’industrie du tabac reprend l’offensive grâce aux traités de libre-échange

    Les Etats membres de l’Union européenne pourront-ils continuer à développer leurs politiques de santé publique, notamment en matière de lutte anti-tabac ? Le Traité transatlantique, actuellement négocié avec les Etats Unis, inquiète.

  • 3-Jul-2014 CEO
    TTIP: debunking the business propaganda over investor rights

    The EU Commission’s plan to enshrine sweeping rights for foreign investors in the EU-US trade deal continues to draw heavy criticism. In response, industry lobby groups, law firms, and arbitrators have launched a tooth and nail defence of the business power grab. See through their propaganda with Corporate Europe Observatory’s guide to investment arbitration.

  • 3-Jul-2014 Sydney Morning Herald
    Australia wins first battle in plain packaging trade dispute

    The Permanent Court of Arbitration has ordered that Australia will be allowed to challenge Philip Morris Asia’s right to contest Australia’s plain packaging laws, on the grounds that the company only bought shares in its Australian arm so that it could launch the case.

  • 3-Jul-2014 Dow Jones Newswires
    Newmont files for arbitration against Indonesia government on ore-export ban

    Newmont Mining Corp. said Tuesday it is filing for international arbitration against the Indonesian government for a mineral-export ban.

  • 1-Jul-2014 ETUC
    Commission closes TTIP consultation — But is it listening?

    Bernadette Ségol the General Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation says trade unionists are “particularly concerned at statements from DG Trade implying that the consultation is about a reform of the ISDS system and is not open to a decisive rejection.”

  • 30-Jun-2014 JOL Press
    Traité US-UE: les tribunaux arbitraux permettront-ils aux multinationales de piller les États?

    Un mécanisme de « règlement des différends entre investisseur et Etat » est devenu un instrument aux mains des multinationales pour contester les politiques publiques jugées contraires à leurs intérêts et apparaît dans le traité de libre-échange entre Washington et Bruxelles. Vers quoi s’achemine-t-on ?

  • 17-Jun-2014 No to ISDS
    Non au mécanisme de règlement des différends investisseur-Etat

    Outil qui vous aidera à participer — avant le 6 juillet 2014 — à la consultation de la Commission européenne sur mécanisme de règlement des différends investisseur-Etat (ISDS en anglais) du TTIP en disant NON à ISDS!

  • 17-Jun-2014 No to ISDS
    No to ISDS!

    Web tool to participate — until 6 July 2014 — in the EU consultation on investor-state dispute in TTIP and say NO to ISDS!

  • 12-Jun-2014 BBC
    Business v state investment disputes in EU spotlight

    Should foreign businesses have the right to take a sovereign state to arbitration to seek compensation for a change in the law or government policy? And if so, in exactly what circumstances?

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