Resource

The Zombie ISDS

February 2016

The investor-state dispute settlement system (ISDS) allows foreign companies to sue governments in their own privileged judicial system for any changes in public policy that affect their profits. The people of Europe overwhelmingly rejected ISDS when consulted by the European Commission.

The EC responded with a revised proposal promising to replace the ‘old’ ISDS system, with a ‘new’ and independent system: the Investment Court System or ICS.

Our new report  slams the EC's proposal on corporate investment courts as nothing more than a cynical rebranding exercise. In a nutshell, the 'new' ICS is ISDS back from the dead: the zombie ISDS.

PDF icon The Zombie ISDS

Latest news

Indigenous Colombians threatened with death for opposition to mega-mining project as defenders visit UK

16 October 2018 - 11:00am

“Death to all these scum”: threats made by far-right paramilitaries promise to “clean” the region of indigenous Wayúu campaigning against mega-mining projects by UK-listed companies in their ancestral lands. Threats arrive just days before a week of action launches in London to highlight the issue. Delegates have arrived from the United States, Brazil, Chile and Colombia, including Wayúu community leader, Misael Socarras Ipuana.

Read more

Reaction: The UK must apply an arms embargo on Saudi Arabia

15 October 2018 - 3:45pm

"This is not just a Saudi war on Yemen; the £5billion worth of UK weapons sent to Saudi since the bombing in Yemen began makes this a UK war as well."

Read more

Join the conversation

The Saudi coalition bombing in Yemen, carried out with British weapons, has led to thousands of deaths and famine a… https://t.co/F5nmiyjpp6 17 hours 32 sec ago
BHP suggests that its Cerrejón thermal coal mine could continue operations for another 100 years, against the will… https://t.co/ciTgqUjsjo 17 hours 29 min ago
The responses posed by to BHP at its AGM were inadequate. It seems that the company is more interested… https://t.co/GaQtuww8mt 17 hours 30 min ago