Total number of known investment treaty cases rises to 1,257

19 Apr 2023

UNCTAD has updated its Investment Dispute Settlement Navigator. The ISDS Navigator is now up-to-date as of 31 December 2022.

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

Key findings of the update:

  • In 2022, claimants brought at least 46 publicly known investor-State dispute settlement (ISDS) cases pursuant to international investment agreements (IIAs).
  • As of 31 December 2022, the total number of known investment treaty arbitrations had reached 1,257.
  • To date, 132 countries and one economic grouping are known to have been respondents to one or more ISDS claims. Two countries – Portugal and Sweden – faced their first known ISDS claims in 2022.

Additional cases have surfaced for previous years and the numbers were adjusted accordingly. As some arbitrations can be kept fully confidential, the actual number of disputes filed is likely to be higher.

You can browse the ISDS Navigator to find information on the subject matter and the status 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.

Recent developments in IIA policymaking and trends in ISDS cases will be covered in Chapter II of the forthcoming World Investment Report 2023.

Investment Dispute Settlement Navigator database (click here)

More information about the ISDS Navigator (click here)

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