Briefings Stepping Away from ISDS

Briefings
READING TIME 15 mins

Stepping Away from ISDS

Across the world, governments are responding to political pressure to reform or remove the mechanism in trade and investment agreements that grants special privileges to international investors to sue governments – known as ISDS. 

This raises an important question for policy makers: what should replace ISDS?

This briefing summarises four alternative approaches to investment protection recently developed in South America, Asia, Africa and Europe. It provides a recap of the problems associated with ISDS, and assesses how well the alternative approaches resolve them. 

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Published August 2017 TJM

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