EU member states announce scheme to terminate all intra-EU BITs

BREAKING: EU MEMBER STATE ANNOUNCE SCHEME TO TERMINATE ALL INTRA-EU BITS AND WARN INVESTOR COMMUNITY TO NOT INITIATE NEW CLAIMS – BUT VIEWS DIFFER WITH RESPECT TO WHETHER ACHMEA DECISION APPLIES TO ENERGY CHARTER TREATY

European Union Member States have issued a political declaration (dated January 15, 2019) addressing the consequences of the European Court of Justice’s Achmea decision in relation to intra-EU bilateral investment treaties – and highlighting a series of new efforts to be taken to bring an end to claims under such treaties Continue reading “EU member states announce scheme to terminate all intra-EU BITs”

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Want to sue Venezuela for millions? These firms can help, for a price

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Reuters | 21 December 2018 isds.bilaterals.org

Want to sue Venezuela for millions? These firms can help, for a price

WILMINGTON, Del (Reuters) – As Venezuela collapses, one little-known U.S. investment fund is poised to win big from litigation against its socialist government: Tenor Capital Management.

Since 2012, the New York firm has invested $76 million in Canadian mining firm Crystallex International Corp, largely to fund a lawsuit being waged against Venezuela for expropriating a gold mine. Continue reading “Want to sue Venezuela for millions? These firms can help, for a price”

The fossil fuel era is coming to an end, but the lawsuits are just beginning

 

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The Conversation | 18 December 2018 isds.bilaterals.org

The fossil fuel era is coming to an end, but the lawsuits are just beginning

by Kyla Tienhaara

Canada Research Chair in Economy and Environment, Queen’s University, Ontario

“Coal is dead.”

These are not the words of a Greenpeace activist or left-wing politician, but of Jim Barry, the global head of the infrastructure investment group at Blackrock — the world’s largest asset manager. Barry made this statement in 2017, but the writing has been on the wall for longer than that. Continue reading “The fossil fuel era is coming to an end, but the lawsuits are just beginning”

Điều ước cho đất nước năm 2019

  1. Xóa ISDS trong các hiệp ước quốc tế.

ISDS là điều khoản cho phép một nhà đầu tư nước ngoài chống lại luật quốc gia chủ nhà (như luật Việt Nam) và kiện chính phủ quốc gia chủ nhà (như chính phủ Việt Nam) qua một hội đồng trọng tài quốc tế xét xử theo quy định của một hiệp nước đã có với Việt Nam (như CPTPP, Hiệp định thương mại EU-VN, và nhiều hiệp ước thương mại song phương đã ký). Continue reading “Điều ước cho đất nước năm 2019”

Investor-State Dispute Settlement: An Anachronism Whose Time Has Gone – Giải quyết Tranh chấp giữa Nhà đầu tư và Quốc gia: Một cơ chế đã lỗi thời

Hình ảnh có liên quan
Council on Economic Policy, Policy Brief 2018/1 (Báo cáo chính sách 2008/1), Johannes Schwarzer

Phạm Thu Hương chuyển ngữ

Related series: Inside The Global “Club” That Helps Executives Escape Their Crimes
Chuỗi liên hệ: Những bí mật về một siêu toà án toàn cầu thống trị thế giới

Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) – a mechanism that allows foreign investors to bring claims against host governments to an international arbitral tribunal – is a postcolonial relic that should be abolished. Its alleged benefits have not materialized and its costs – monetary and other – can represent a formidable obstacle to good economic governance. We recommend policymakers to terminate ISDS provisions in existing agreements and eschew them in future trade and investment treaties. Continue reading “Investor-State Dispute Settlement: An Anachronism Whose Time Has Gone – Giải quyết Tranh chấp giữa Nhà đầu tư và Quốc gia: Một cơ chế đã lỗi thời”

The New NAFTA – the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) Brings Future Changes to ISDS

On September 30, 2018, the United States, Mexico and Canada (the Parties) reached an agreement to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The new agreement is called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).  As has been widely reported, the Parties conducted many months of negotiations to reach this agreement. Continue reading “The New NAFTA – the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) Brings Future Changes to ISDS”

Bài học từ vụ thắng kiện đòi bồi thường 3,7 tỷ USD

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Bài học từ vụ thắng kiện đòi bồi thường 3,7 tỷ USD

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Một góc dự án South Fork của nhà đầu tư Mỹ.

Giành phần thắng theo phán quyết của trọng tài quốc tế, Việt Nam thoát nguy cơ bồi thường số tiền khổng lồ, song cũng tự rút ra nhiều bài học, kinh nghiệm khi làm việc với nhà đầu tư ngoại.

Giành thắng lợi 2 vụ nhà đầu tư nước ngoài kiện Chính phủ Việt Nam

Thứ Hai, 10/07/2017 – 18:51

Dân trí – Bộ Tư pháp phối hợp với Bộ Kế hoạch và Đầu tư, Bộ Tài chính, Bộ Công Thương và các địa phương liên quan vừa giải quyết thắng lợi 2 vụ tranh chấp nhà đầu tư nước ngoài kiện Chính phủ Việt Nam và được Hội đồng trọng tài tuyên bố chấm dứt vụ kiện. Đó là vụ kiện của Saigon Metropolitan và Recofi.

 Bộ trưởng Bộ Tư pháp Lê Thành Long.

Bộ trưởng Bộ Tư pháp Lê Thành Long.

Tại hội nghị tổng kết công tác 6 tháng đầu năm 2017 chiều 10/7, Bộ Tư pháp cho biết đã tham mưu giúp Chính phủ kịp thời xử lý các vấn đề phát sinh trong hội nhập quốc tế, đàm phán, ký kết thực hiện điều ước quốc tế, thoả thuận, cam kết quốc tế. Continue reading “Giành thắng lợi 2 vụ nhà đầu tư nước ngoài kiện Chính phủ Việt Nam”

PHA4: Neoliberal policies and corporate takeover are the cause of the world health crisis

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Peoples Dispatch | 18 November 2018

PHA4: Neoliberal Policies and corporate takeover are the cause of the world health crisis

by P Ambedkar

Peoples’ representatives from across the globe have gathered in Savar, Bangladesh for the fourth People’s Health Assembly. They are discussing and debating on how to make this world a place which provides for the health of the people and that of the planet. Continue reading “PHA4: Neoliberal policies and corporate takeover are the cause of the world health crisis”

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EU-Vietnam trade and investment agreements

VIETNAM | Brussels, 24 September 2018

EU-Vietnam trade and investment agreements (authentic text as of August 2018)


Disclaimer
: The text of the EU-Vietnam trade agreement presented in this webpage is the text at the end of the negotiation conducted by the European Commission and is made public solely for information purposes. The agreement presented in this document is not binding under international law and will only become so after completion of the ratification process by each Party according to its internal legal procedures.

PREAMBLE: Preamble

CHAPTER 1: Objectives and General Definitions
Continue reading “EU-Vietnam trade and investment agreements”

International Arbitration Report 2015: The Current State and Future of International Arbitration: Regional Perspectives

International Bar Association – IBA Arb 40 Subcommittee

The Current State and Future of International Arbitration: Regional Perspectives

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Table of Contents

Preface 6

Chapter 1: Executive Summary 7

1.1 The background 7
1.2 Rise in arbitration as a dispute resolution mechanism 9
1.3 Common factors identified as key to growth 9
1.4 Common factors identified as hurdles to growth 10
1.5 The role of arbitral institutions in arbitration procedures 11
1.6 Lack of appetite for an a-national award 11
1.7 International, regional and emerging seats 17
1.8 Institutions – key trends 13
1.9 Specialism in arbitration 15
1.10 Increasing competition – a hurdle for young arbitration practitioners 15
1.11 Development of current hot topics 16
1.12 Advancements in technology 18
1.13 Predictions for key trends in jurisprudence 18 Continue reading “International Arbitration Report 2015: The Current State and Future of International Arbitration: Regional Perspectives”

IISD – A Sustainability Toolkit for Trade Negotiators

A Sustainability Toolkit for Trade Negotiators:

Trade and investment as vehicles for achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda

The art of the free trade agreement

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The Hindu | June 07, 2017

The art of the free trade agreement

Prabhash Ranjan

A European Court of Justice ruling will have bearing on India-EU pacts

During their recent meeting in Germany, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed on the need to resume India-European Union (EU) free trade agreement (FTA) talks. These negotiations, covering trade, investment protection and intellectual property, have remained deadlocked since 2013. Continue reading “The art of the free trade agreement”

Reformed ISDS

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The investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism has come under fire in the past few years. As a result of many controversial cases, civil society groups, international organisations, academics, lawyers and state officials have argued that the arbitration process has had a negative impact on public interest and is need of reform or should be scrapped altogether.

Therefore tweaked versions of the system have been proposed to avoid the most undesired “side effects” of standard ISDS rules. At least 45 countries and four regional blocs are revising or have recently revised their investment model agreements. Continue reading “Reformed ISDS”