La RSE se refiere a las reglas y prácticas que las empresas siguen voluntariamente para limitar las externalidades negativas sociales, ambientales y de otra índole causadas por sus actividades. Existe una tendencia a incorporar estándares de RSE en los tratados de inversión. ¿Podrían ser útiles las cláusulas de RSE para consolidar las obligaciones exigibles de los inversores y servir de base para demandas reconvencionales de los Estados?
Tribunal dictamina que medidas de Costa Rica para proteger el ambiente no violaron obligaciones de TJE y expropiación bajo el CAFTA-DR
(English) DAVID R. AVEN AND OTHERS V. REPUBLIC OF COSTA RICA, ICSID CASE NO. UNCT/15/3
Teinver S.A., Transportes de Cercanías S.A. y Autobuses Urbanos del Sur S.A. vs. La República Argentina, Caso del CIADI No. ARB/09/1
Ecuador otorgado USD41 millones en demanda de reconvenciones contra compañía de petróleo y gas de Estados Unidos, Burlington Resources
Burlington Resources Inc. vs. La República de Ecuador, Caso del CIADI No. ARB/08/5
ICSID tribunal renders interim decision on Ecuador’s environmental counterclaim in long-running dispute
(English) Perenco Ecuador Limited v. Republic of Ecuador, ICSID Case No. ARB/08/6
It is quite common in investment arbitration for the respondent State to include in its defense to treaty claims one or more criticisms of the investor’s underlying conduct. Yet while such arguments feature prominently in State defenses, they are rarely framed as counterclaims seeking affirmative relief. The reason may lie in an instinctive preference by States to pursue any affirmative claims in their own courts. But it may also lie in perceived limits to the jurisdiction of international tribunals to hear State counterclaims.
Two recent ICSID decisions have reached entirely different conclusions on the issue of jurisdiction over State counterclaims. This essay touches briefly on certain jurisprudential and policy factors that may explain the divergent results and frame future cases for further analysis.
Swiss claimant fails jurisdictional stage for not qualifying as an ‘investor’ Alps Finance and Trade AG v. Slovak Republic Damon Vis-Dunbar A claim against the government of Slovakia has failed after a three-member tribunal declined jurisdiction. The tribunal determined that the claimant was not an “investor” as intended by the Switzerland-Slovakia bilateral investment treaty. In […]
By Damon Vis-Dunbar 26 March 2009 An American businessman has failed in his claim against Grenada under a 1996 oil and gas agreement, in a contract dispute conducted before an ICSID tribunal. Initiated in 2005, the ICSID claim was one of a host of legal avenues pursued by Jack J. Grynberg, the president and CEO […]