ISDS Reform

Is the recently signed Morocco-Nigeria BIT a step towards a more balanced form of intra-African investor protection?

On 3 December 2016, Morocco and Nigeria signed a new bilateral investment treaty (the "BIT"), with the overarching aim of strengthening "the bonds of friendship and cooperation" between the two States.  The BIT (available here) is yet to be ratified … Continue reading

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ICSID announces sixteen topics for consideration in its review of the ICSID Arbitration Rules

Following invitations to ICSID member States and the public to submit topics for potential review, ICSID has published a paper on the Rules Amendment Process. The paper lists sixteen topics which are to be canvassed in the next stage of … Continue reading

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The future of ISDS in the EU: leaked non-paper reveals proposal for EU-wide investment agreement

In a recently leaked non-paper presented to the EU Council's Trade Policy Committee (available here), Austria, Finland, France, Germany and the Netherlands (the "Delegations") have proposed the introduction of an EU-wide investor-state dispute settlement ("ISDS") mechanism.  The proposal is an … Continue reading

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ICSID Publishes Annual Report for FY 2015 and Latest Caseload Statistics

The International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes ("ICSID") has recently published its Annual Report for FY 2015, which compliments its most recent Caseload Statistics Report concerning cases registered or administered by ICSID. The Annual Report and Caseload Statistics … Continue reading

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TPP deal reached: investment arbitration survives

After a lengthy final period of negotiation in Atlanta, it has been announced that the TPP, the world’s largest mega-regional trade and investment deal, has been agreed. The investment chapter is not yet available but is briefly summarised on USTR’s … Continue reading

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European Commission publishes draft investment chapter for the TTIP, including investment protection provisions and the establishment of an International Investment Court

On 16 September the European Commission published detailed draft proposals for the investment chapter in the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership treaty between the EU and the US (“TTIP”). The full text is available here. The chapter includes detailed … Continue reading

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The future of ISDS in the TTIP: European Parliament recommends a “new system” of judicial decision-making

As reported in our previous blog posts (please click here and here), the proposed inclusion of investor-state-dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions in the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (the TTIP), has caused considerable debate amongst many stakeholders. Against this backdrop of … Continue reading

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Filed under EU, Europe, Investment Arbitration, ISDS Reform, Treaty negotiation, interpretation and impact, US

China-Australia Free Trade Agreement signed

Australian Trade Minister Andrew Robb and Chinese Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng today signed the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) in Canberra, following the signing of a Declaration of Intent in November 2014 during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Australia … Continue reading

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Filed under Australia, China, ISDS Reform, Japan, Korea, Trade law, Trade/WTO, Treaty negotiation, interpretation and impact

EU Commission issues “Concept Paper” on ISDS in the TTIP and beyond: proposals for “profound reform”

Further to its report on the outcome of the consultation on investment protection and investor-state dispute settlement in the TTIP, the EU Commission has issued a “Concept Paper” which envisages a very different future for resolution of investor-state disputes. The … Continue reading

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Herbert Smith Freehills and Chatham House event on TTIP: meeting report now available

As reported in our previous post, on Wednesday 4th March Herbert Smith Freehills hosted an event in partnership with Chatham House (the Royal Institute for International Affairs, London), seeking to explore the opposition to the TTIP and, in particular, the … Continue reading

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