Les négociations relatives à la modernisation du Traité sur la Charte de l’énergie devraient débuter plus tard dans l’année, et un ensemble de points pour examen par les parties a déjà été annoncé. Cet article examine les perspectives de mises à jour de la formulation actuelle du TJE dans le TCE, et analyse la manière dont cette norme a été interprétée dans d’anciennes affaires d’arbitrage fondées sur les énergies renouvelables. L’auteure argue en faveur de l’inclusion d’une obligation de diligence raisonnable pour les investisseurs, qui permettrait de veiller à ce que ceux-ci anticipent les risques éventuels de modification par un État de son cadre réglementaire.
La décision d’un tribunal du CIRDI reconnait l’Espagne coupable de violation du Traité sur la Charte de l’énergie
ANTIN INFRASTRUCTURE SERVICES LUXEMBOURG S.À.R.L. ET ANTIN ENERGIA TERMOSOLAR B.V. C. LE ROYAUME D’ESPAGNE, AFFAIRE CIRDI N° ARB/13/31
Conférence de haut-niveau de la CNUCED sur les AII : poursuivre l’examen des Accords internationaux d’investissement d’ancienne génération
Plus de 300 participants se sont réunis à Genève pour faire le point sur la réforme du régime des traités d’investissement axée sur le développement durable, et pour aborder les moyens d’action politique permettant de moderniser le stock existant de traités d’ancienne génération. Les participants ont reconnu qu’une collaboration multilatérale serait essentielle pour corriger le régime complexe des AII.
Dans leur nouvel ouvrage, Jonathan Bonnitcha, LaugePoulsenet Michael Waibel développent une structure cohérente de l’analyse politique des traités d’investissement, qui devrait attirer l’intérêt des gouvernements à l’heure d’examiner leurs politiques en matière de traités. L’ouvrage soutient que tels qu’appliqués actuellement, les traités d’investissement semblent souvent mal adaptés aux préoccupations économiques identifiables.
Le Kazakhstan est reconnu coupable d’expropriation de l’investissement de la famille Hourani dans une deuxième procédure auprès du CIRDI
Caratube International Oil Company LLP et Devincci Salah Hourani c. la République du Kazakhstan, Affaire CIRDI n° ARB/13/13
Deux pays en développement africains répondent aux critiques à l’égard du régime d’investissement. Le traité innovateur offre une protection aux investisseurs étrangers sans compromettre la capacité de l’État d’accueil à réglementer dans l’intérêt public.
L’ensemble des demandes formulées par Isolux Infrastructure Pays-Bas à l’encontre de l’Espagne ont été rejetées
Isolux Infrastructure Netherlands B.V. c. le Royaume d’Espagne, Affaire CCS n° V2013/153
L’Argentine condamnée à payer plus de 320 millions USD au titre de l’expropriation illégale dans une affaire impliquant des compagnies aériennes
Teinver S.A., Transportes de Cercanías S.A. et Autobuses Urbanos del Sur S.A. c. La République argentine, Affaire CIRDI n° ARB/09/1
Les investisseurs triomphent sur l’Espagne dans un recours concernant une modification réglementaire en matière d’énergie renouvelable
Eiser Infrastructure Limited et Energía Solar Luxembourg S.à r.l. c. le Royaume d’Espagne, Affaire ICSID nº ARB/13/36
WNC c. République tchèque : le tribunal rejette le recours en expropriation et détermine qu’il n’a aucune compétence concernant toutes les autres allégations
WNC Factoring Limited c. la République tchèque, Affaire CPA nº 2014-34
Un autre conflit de normes : quel est le lien entre le projet BEPS, la fiscalité internationale et les traités d’investissement ?
Le projet de réforme relatif à l’érosion de l’assiette imposable et le transfert de bénéfice (BEPS) mené par l’OCDE s’attaque aux mesures des entreprises visant à transférer les bénéfices vers des destinations à faible ou sans imposition. Mais le droit des investissements peut entraver la mise en œuvre d’une réforme bien nécessaire de la fiscalité internationale.
Un tribunal de la CCS rejette les recours présentés par une entreprise britannique et ses actionnaires contre la République tchèque
Anglia Auto Accessories Ltd. c. la République tchèque (Affaire CCS n° V 2014/181) et Ivan Peter Busta et James Peter Busta c. la République tchèque (Affaire CCS n° V 2015/014)
Un tribunal du CIRDI rejette les recours présentés contre l’Indonésie fondés sur des licences minières falsifiées Churchill Mining PLC et Planet Mining Pty Ltd c. la République d’Indonésie, affaire CIRDI n° ARB/12/14 et affaire CIRDI n° ARB/12/40 Inaê Siqueira de Oliveira[*] Après avoir rendu deux décisions distinctes sur la compétence, l’une dans l’affaire présentée par […]
La Déclaration interprétative conjointe de l’Inde pour les TBI : une tentative pour faire taire les fantômes du passé
The Government of India has proposed a Joint Interpretative Statement to its bilateral investment treaty (BIT) partners. The statement clarifies key substantive and procedural provisions, bringing them more in line with India’s new foreign investment policy.
Le Traité bilatéral d’investissement (TBI) entre le Brésil et l’Inde ; l’on attend la publication du texte
(English) During the 10th Annual Forum of Developing Country Investment Negotiators, held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from November 7 to 10, representatives from Brazil and India announced that they had recently initialled a bilateral investment agreement (BIT).
Ecuador’s levy on extraordinary oil profits at a 99% rate has breached Murphy’s legitimate expectations, decides PCA tribunal
(English) Murphy Exploration & Production Company – International v. Republic of Ecuador, PCA Case No. 2012-16 (formerly AA 434) – Inaê Siqueira de Oliveira
India has started to send official notices to terminate bilateral investment treaties (BITs) to 57 partner countries with which it has BITs that have already expired or will expire in the near future. Moreover, to the 25 countries with which India has BITs with initial durations expiring from July 2017 onward, India has started to propose signing joint […]
(English) The long-expected final award has been rendered in the high-profile case initiated by tobacco giant Philip Morris in early 2010 against Uruguay over its tobacco control measures.
Philip Morris c. l’Uruguay : tous les recours sont rejetés ; l’Uruguay recevra 7 millions USD en remboursement
Philip Morris Brands Sàrl, Philip Morris Products S.A. et Abal Hermanos S.A. c. la République orientale de l’Uruguay, Affaire CIRDI n° ARB/10/7
Corona Materials, LLC c. la République dominicaine, Affaire CIRDI n° ARB(AF)/14/3
Le Venezuela est condamné à verser 1,202 milliards USD plus intérêts à l’entreprise minière canadienne Crystallex pour violation du TJE et expropriation
Crystallex International Corporation c. la République bolivarienne du Venezuela, Affaire CIRDI n° ARB(AF)/11/2
(English) In a 318-page award issued July 28, 2015 but only published February 2016, a tribunal at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) ordered Zimbabwe to return farms it seized without compensation in 2005.
(English) Quiborax S.A. and Non-Metallic Minerals S.A. v. Plurinational State of Bolivia (ICSID Case No. ARB/06/2)
(English) UNCITRAL tribunal finds Canada’s environmental assessment breached international minimum standard of treatment and national treatment standard
(English) William Ralph Clayton, William Richard Clayton, Douglas Clayton, Daniel Clayton and Bilcon of Delaware Inc. v. Government of Canada, UNCITRAL
A Distinction Without a Difference? The Interpretation of Fair and Equitable Treatment Under Customary International Law by Investment Tribunals
Broad interpretations of the standard for fair and equitable treatment (FET) by investment tribunals have become a source of increasing controversy. In theory, linking FET to customary international law (CIL), which is formed through the “general and consistent practice of states” that they follow out of a sense of legal obligation (opinio juris), results in a standard of protection that is more deferential to the regulatory authority of governments than the “autonomous” standard. In practice, however, investment tribunals continue to construe even CIL-based FET provisions to impose broad limits on government authority by accepting, without any evidence of state practice or opinio juris, the pronouncements of previous tribunals as definitive evidence of the standard under CIL.
US$1.76 billion dollar award levied against Ecuador in dispute with Occidental; tribunal split over damages Occidental Petroleum Corporation and Occidental Exploration and Production Company v. The Republic of Ecuador, ICSID Case No. ARB/06/11 Damon Vis-Dunbar The Republic of Ecuador has been ordered to pay US$1,769,625,000 billion in damages—the largest award to be handed down […]
Majority declines jurisdiction in claim against Argentina over domestic litigation requirement Daimler Financial Services AG v. Argentine Republic, ICSID Case No. ARB/05/1 Damon Vis-Dunbar A claim against Argentina by a subsidiary of the German automotive firm Daimler A.G. has failed on its merits because the claimant did not first bring the dispute to court in […]
The South African Development Community (SADC) Model Bilateral Investment Treaty Template and Commentary was completed in June 2012 by Member States of the Community. Its completion marks the end of an 18 month process of consultations and drafting among government representatives and is intended as a guide for member states in future investment treaty negotiations.
Claim against Slovakia dismissed, as tribunal complains of poorly presented case Jan Oostergetel and Theodora Laurentius v. The Slovak Republic Damon Vis-Dunbar A tribunal has dismissed a claim by a pair of Dutch investors against the Slovak Republic, finding no evidence that a “financial mafia” colluded with the Slovak government to bankrupt the claimants’ investment. […]
As governments increasingly turn to renewable energy to mitigate climate change, domestic climate-related policies in the form of price support measures such as feed-in tariffs (FiTs) have played an important role in stimulating the much needed investment—public and private, domestic and foreign—in the sector. Feed-in tariffs are characterized by guaranteed electricity purchase prices (set higher […]
[T]he Tribunal must balance the legitimate and reasonable expectations of the Claimants with […] [the] right to regulate the provision of a vital public service. This quote from an investment arbitration tribunal highlights the relationship between international investment law and the regulation of public services. This essay illustrates areas of contention between the requirements of […]
Australia to reject investor-state dispute resolution in TPPA The Australian government will not sign on to investor-state dispute resolution provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), according to an Australian government official. “We have made it clear that we will no longer be seeking investor-state dispute settlement provisions in trade agreements,” said the Australian Minister […]
US court vacates award against Argentina BG Group Plc v. Argentina Lise Johnson A US appellate court has vacated an award against Argentina in a decision that may give investors pause before attempting to bypass treaty provisions requiring that they first pursue their claims in the host state’s courts. The long course of the dispute […]
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 […]
Philip Morris v. Uruguay: Will investor-State arbitration send restrictions on tobacco marketing up in smoke?
For nearly two decades, the tobacco industry has used international investment rules to challenge governmentrestrictions on cigarette marketing. In 1994, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company threatened to bring a claim under the North American Free Trade Agreement’s (NAFTA) investment chapter as part of its successful lobbying campaign against Canada’s proposed “plain packaging” legislation, which would have […]
UK firm victorious in dispute with Russia, but damages much less than claimed RosInvestCo UK Ltd. v. The Russian Federation, SCC Case No. Arb. V079/2005 Lise Johnson In an award dated 12 September 2010, the tribunal in RosInvestCo v. Russian Federation issued an award in which it found that the Russian Federation had unlawfully expropriated […]
The problem of moral hazard and its implications for the protection of ‘legitimate expectations’ under the fair and equitable treatment standard
While the concepts of sovereignty, human rights, the environment and the rule of law are often invoked in public debate about international investment treaties (IITs), there is relatively little discussion of the economic effects of such treaties. One of the most powerful legal protections provided by IITs is the protection of foreign investor’s ‘legitimate expectations’ under fair and equitable treatment (FET) provisions, which are common to most IITs. This article draws on economic theory—specifically, the notion of moral hazard—to elucidate some of the problems with broader interpretations of the doctrine of legitimate expectations.
The last two decades have witnessed an exponential increase in arbitral disputes between investors and states under international investment treaties. UNCTAD reports 357 known registered cases by the end of 2009; of those, 202 cases—or 57 percent—were initiated after 2004. Independent investment tribunals now regularly render binding decisions as to whether states have violated investment protection standards guaranteed under various bilateral and multilateral investment treaties—a phenomenon that has turned international investment law into one of the most dynamic fields of public international law.
Georgia loses dispute with Greek and Israeli oil investors Ioannis Kardassopoulos and Ron Fuchs v. The Republic of Georgia (ICSID Case Nos. ARB/05/18 and ARB/07/15) Martin D. Brauch Two oil traders have been awarded more than US$45 million each in damages from the Republic of Georgia in an ICSID award that advances a broad interpretation […]
It is no longer a secret that there is a new wave of foreign investment in farmland, predominantly in Africa. An explosion of media reports and a series of studies by the World Bank, Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), have confirmed the scale and consequences of this new influx of foreign investment. The World Bank report, by far the most comprehensive, found that reported deals amounted to 45 million hectares in 2009 alone.
Argentina on the hook for breach of Fair and Equitable Treatment Suez, Sociedad General de Aguas de Barcelona S.A., and Vivendi Universal v. Argentine Republic (ICSID Case No. ARB/03/19) Lise Johnson On 30 July 2010, the ICSID tribunal in Suez, Sociedad General de Aguas de Barcelona S.A., and Vivendi Universal v. Argentina issued a decision […]
By Fernando Cabrera Diaz May 11, 2010 An ad hoc tribunal under UNCTIRAL Rules has awarded German investor Walter Bau AG more than 30 million Euros in its claim against Thailand over a tollway concession gone sour. The tribunal found that the failure of Thai authorities to approve toll hikes as contemplated in the concession […]
By Fernando Cabrera Diaz April 8, 2010 An international tribunal has found Ecuador in breach of the Ecuador-United States BIT for the failure of its courts to reach a timely resolution in seven breach-of-contract lawsuits filed by Texaco Petroleum in the early 90s. The tribunal awarded Chevron Corporation, who bought Texaco in 2001, almost US$700 […]
Oil transport company Tidewater Inc. initiates ICSID arbitration against Venezuela over expropriated assets
By Fernando Cabrera Diaz April 8, 2010 New Orleans-based Tidewater Inc. has initiated arbitration against Venezuela at ICSID over the latter’s alleged take-over of 15 of the company’s vessels in May and July of 2009. According to the company these and other seizures of the company’s assets amount to expropriations in violation of Venezuela’s bilateral […]
By Fernando Cabrera Diaz March 16, 2010 Judge Leonard Sand of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has granted Chevron’s motion to dismiss Ecuador’s request to stay the company’s arbitration against the Andean nation at the Court of Arbitration in The Hague. In his March 11 ruling, Judge Sand held […]
Ecuadorians battle Chevron in U.S. court over BIT arbitration in long-running environmental damage dispute
By Fernando Cabrera Diaz March 11, 2010 Chevron and Ecuadorian citizens are in U.S. court in the latest chapter of a 16 year battle over environmental damage in Lago Agrio allegedly caused by Texaco Petroleum (TexPet), which Chevron acquired in 2001. In January of this year, a group of Ecuadorian plaintiffs which is suing the […]
By Damon Vis-Dunbar 2 October 2009 Correction: The original headline in this article stated that Chevron Corporation alleges a denial of justice on the part of Ecuador. Chevron explains that this is incorrect. While Chevron claims that Ecuador « abuses the criminal justice system », its notice of arbitration does not assert a denial of justice. The world’s second […]
By Damon Vis-Dunbar 2 October 2009 A claim by a Turkish investor against Pakistan has been dismissed on its merits after the Tribunal concluded that Pakistani government officials did not conspire in bad faith to expel the investor. The Claimant, Bayindir Insaat Turizm Ticaret Ve Sanayi A.S. was contracted to build a six-lane motorway between […]
By Elizabeth Whitsitt 2 October 2009 Mexico has suffered another loss in a series of investor-state arbitral disputes involving its sugar industry. While attempts have been made by Mexico to consolidate similar cases involving its sugar trade, such efforts have been unsuccessful resulting in a number of separate arbitral decisions. Most recently, a tribunal convened […]
Glamis Gold Ltd. v. United States of America: Tribunal sets a high bar for establishing breach of “Fair and Equitable Treatment” under NAFTA
By Elizabeth Whitsitt and Damon Vis-Dunbar 15 July 2009 A protracted dispute between the United States of America and Glamis Gold Ltd., a Canadian gold mining company, was settled in June by an arbitral tribunal constituted under Chapter 11 of NAFTA. In a unanimous 355-page decision, the Tribunal dismissed Glamis’ claims that the US expropriated […]