Investor state dispute settlement (ISDS)

Investor State Dispute Settlement

Investor state dispute settlement (ISDS) is a mechanism contained in investment and trade agreements that allows an investor of a state party to bring a claim against another state party that is hosting the investment, if that state has allegedly breached a standard in the agreement.  ISDS was originally envisaged as a way to protect investors from arbitrary state abuse.  This had the ultimate goal of promoting foreign investment between state parties.  Nowadays, there are concerns that ISDS has the potential to chill social and environmental regulation by allowing corporations to sue governments when such regulation negatively impacts their investments.

In this portal you can use the navigation on the left, to:

Learn about the key business and human rights concerns with ISDS.

Keep updated on the background and latest news on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

Find out more about claims brought against governments by corporations under ISDS provisions.