UNCTAD ISDS Navigator update: Investment treaty disputes hit 1,000 mark

07 Apr 2020

UNCTAD has updated its Investment Dispute Settlement Navigator. The ISDS Navigator is now up-to-date as of 31 December 2019.

The ISDS Navigator update covers new cases, awards and arbitrator appointments compiled on the basis of public sources and specialized reporting services.

Known investment treaty disputes hit the 1,000 mark.

Key findings of the update:

  • In 2019, investors brought at least 55 known investor-State dispute settlement (ISDS) cases pursuant to international investment agreements (IIAs).
  • On the basis of newly revealed information, the number of known cases for 2018 was adjusted to 84. Additional cases have also surfaced for previous years.
  • As of 31 December 2019, the total number of known treaty-based ISDS arbitrations had reached 1,023.
  • To date, 120 countries and one regional grouping are known to have been respondents to one or more ISDS claims.

As some arbitrations can be kept fully confidential, the actual number of disputes filed in this and previous years is likely to be higher.

You can browse the ISDS Navigator to find information on the subject matter and the status/outcome of arbitral proceedings, awards and decisions issued by tribunals, breaches of IIA provisions alleged and found, amounts claimed and awarded, and arbitrators serving on the tribunal.

Trends in ISDS cases will be covered in the World Investment Report 2020, which is scheduled for release in June 2020.