CANADA’S NEW 2021 MODEL BIT

On May 12, 2021, Canada published its new Model Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (the “New Model BIT”), revising the 2004 Model Agreement for the Promotion and Protection of Investments (the “2004 Model BIT”). The New Model BIT modernizes Canada’s framework and brings a few interesting innovations in the Bilateral Investment Treaty (“BIT”) world. … Read more

UNCITRAL PUBLISHES INITIAL DRAFT ON THE REGULATION OF THIRD-PARTY FUNDING IN INVESTOR-STATE DISPUTE SETTLEMENT

The UNCITRAL Secretariat has published initial draft provisions on the regulation of third-party funding in Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS). The draft presents various potential models that the Working Group on Investor-State Dispute Settlement Reform (Working Group III, the “Working Group”) may adopt for regulating third-party funding. It includes proposed definitions, possible sanctions for inadmissible third-party … Read more

UPDATE ON THE FUTURE OF ISDS: WORKING GROUP III UNCITRAL DISCUSSIONS OF FEBRUARY 2021

The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law’s (“UNCITRAL“) Working Group III (Investor-State Dispute Settlement Reform) (“WGIII“)​ has published the advance copy of its report (the “Report“) on the work conducted between 8 and 12 February 2021 during its resumed 40th session. The Report provides details about the discussions around the following issues: (i) the selection and … Read more

ICSID RELEASES STATISTICS FOR RECORD YEAR 2020

The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (“ICSID”) has released case statistics for 2020 (available here) showing a record number of new cases. While the figures confirm that the Covid-19 pandemic has not so far significantly affected the nature of those disputes, other changes – such as a shift to virtual hearings – are … Read more

UPDATES ON POTENTIAL EU-CHINA COMPREHENSIVE AGREEMENT ON INVESTMENT (WITH A FOCUS ON INVESTMENT PROTECTION AND ISDS) – NEW WINE IN NEW BOTTLES?

On 30 December 2020, the European Union and China announced their Agreement in Principle for the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI). This is a landmark development for both parties in these long-running negotiations which began in 2012. On 22 January 2021, in the interest of transparency, Brussels published certain draft sections (here) of the … Read more

The USMCA or “NAFTA 2.0” came into force on 1 July 2020

The US-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA), the replacement to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), entered into force on 1 July 2020. Background On 24 April, 2020 the United States Trade Representative issued a press release confirming that all three NAFTA member states had notified the other parties, in writing, that they had completed the … Read more

REPUBLIC OF DJIBOUTI RATIFIES ICSID CONVENTION

On 9 June 2020 the Republic of Djibouti became the 155th state to ratify the ICSID Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes between States and Nationals of Other States (“the ICSID Convention”) following the depositing of its instrument of ratification with the World Bank. The ratification follows Djibouti’s signing of the Convention in April … Read more