International Investment Law and Sustainable Development

In 2011, IISD published International Investment Law and Sustainable Development: Key cases from 2000–2010. The e-book features 17 summaries and analyses of decisions rendered by arbitral tribunals in treaty-based investor–state arbitration cases having sustainable development implications.

A 2018 companion volume to the 2011 e-book—International Investment Law and Sustainable Development: Key cases from the 2010scontinues the exercise, focusing on cases decided in the 2010s.

Along with the 2018 e-book, IISD is publishing the 27 summaries of both volumes on this website. ITN, which regularly publishes case summaries of international arbitrations, is IISD’s flagship journal on international investment law and policy.

Ten key cases from the 2010s

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Summaries and analyses by Stefanie Schacherer:

Bear Creek v. Peru (Bear Creek Mining Corporation v. Republic of Peru, ICSID Case No. ARB/14/2, Award of November 30, 2017) – Environmental Permitting (Extractives); Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Eiser v. Spain (Eiser Infrastructure Limited and Energia Solar Luxembourg S.à.r.l v. Kingdom of Spain, ICSID Case No. ARB/13/36, Award of May 4, 2017) – Energy Transition (Renewables)

Burlington v. Ecuador (Burlington Resources Inc. v. Republic of Ecuador, ICSID Case No ARB/08/5, Decision on Liability of December 14, 2012; Interim Decision on Environmental Counterclaim of August 11, 2015) – Environmental Degradation and Remediation; Taxation

Urbaser v. Argentina (Urbaser S.A. and Consorcio de Aguas Bilbao Bizkaia, Bilbao Biskaia Ur Partzuergoa v. The Argentine Republic, ICSID Case No. ARB/07/26, Award of December 8, 2016) – Human Rights (Access to Water)  

Churchill Mining v. Indonesia (Churchill Mining PLC and Planet Mining Pty Ltd v. Republic of Indonesia, ICSID Case No ARB/12/14 and 12/40, Award of December 6, 2016) – Good Governance; Forgery; Investor Behaviour

Pac Rim Cayman LLC. v. El Salvador (Pac Rim Cayman LLC v. Republic of El Salvador,ICSID Case No ARB/09/12, Award of October 14, 2016) – Environmental Permitting (Extractives); Public Participation (Amicus Curiae)

Philip Morris v. Uruguay (Philip Morris Brands SÀRL, Philip Morris Products S.A. and Abal Hermanos S.A. v.Oriental Republic of Uruguay, ICSID Case No. ARB/10/7, Award of July 8, 2016) – Public Health; Right to Regulate

Crystallex v. Venezuela (Crystallex International Corporation v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, ICSID Case No ARB(AF)/11/2, Award of April 4, 2016) – Environmental Permitting (Extractives)

Clayton/Bilcon v. Canada (William Ralph Clayton, William Richard Clayton, Douglas Clayton, Daniel Clayton and Bilcon of Delaware Inc. v. Government of Canada, PCA Case No 2009-04, Award on Jurisdiction and Liability of March 17, 2015) – Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA); Environmental Permitting (Extractives); Right to Regulate

Metal-Tech v. Uzbekistan (Metal-Tech Ltd. v. The Republic of Uzbekistan, ICSID Case No ARB/10/3, Award of October 4, 2003) – Good Governance; Corruption; Investor Behaviour

Key cases from 2000–2010

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Biwater v. Tanzania (Biwater Gauff (Tanzania) Ltd. v. United Republic of Tanzania, ICSID Case No. ARB/05/22), by Lise Johnson

CME v. Czech Republic (CME Czech Republic B.V. v. Czech RepublicUNCITRAL) & Lauder v. Czech Republic (Ronald S. Lauder v. Czech Republic, UNCITRAL), by Lise Johnson

CMS v. Argentina (CMS Gas Transmission Co. v. Republic of Argentina, ICSID Case No. ARB/01/8), by Fiona Marshall

Continental Casualty v. Argentina (Continental Casualty Co. v. Republic of Argentina, ICSID Case No. ARB/03/9, Decision on Jurisdiction, 22 Feb. 2006, Award, 5 Sept. 2008), by Fiona Marshall

Glamis v. United States (Glamis Gold Ltd. v. United States of America, UNCITRAL), by Howard Mann

Maffezini v. Spain (Emilio Agustín Maffezini v. Kingdom of Spain, ICSID Case No. ARB/97/7), by Mahnaz Malik

Metalclad v. Mexico (Metalclad Corp. v. United Mexican States, ICSID Case No. ARB(AF)/97/1), by Howard Mann

Methanex v. United States (Methanex Corp. v. United States of America, UNCITRAL), by Howard Mann

Occidental v. Ecuador (Occidental Petroleum Corp. and Occidental Exploration and Production Co. v. Republic of Ecuador, ICSID Case No. ARB/06/11), by Fiona Marshall

Parkerings v. Lithuania (Parkerings–Compagniet AS v. Republic of Lithuania, ICSID Case No. ARB/05/8), by Lise Johnson

Phoenix v. Czech Republic (Phoenix Action Ltd. v. Czech Republic, ICSID Case No. ARB/06/5), by Mahnaz Malik

SGS v. Pakistan (SGS Société Générale de Surveillance S.A. v. Islamic Republic of Pakistan, ICSID Case No. ARB/01/13), by Mahnaz Malik

SGS v. Philippines (SGS Société Générale de Surveillance S.A. v. Republic of the Philippines, ICSID Case No. ARB/02/6), by Mahnaz Malik

Siemens v. Argentina (Siemens A.G. v. Republic of Argentina, ICSID Case No. ARB/02/8), by Fiona Marshall

Tecmed v. Mexico (Tecnicas Medioambientales Tecmed S.A. v. United Mexican States, ICSID Case No. ARB(AF)/00/2), by Lise Johnson

Vivendi v. Argentina (Compañía de Aguas del Aconquija S.A. and Vivendi Universal S.A. v. Republic of Argentina, ICSID Case No. ARB/97/3), by Lise Johnson and Fiona Marshall

World Duty Free v. Kenya (World Duty Free Co. Ltd. v. Republic of Kenya, ICSID Case No. ARB/00/7) (contract-based case), by Lise Johnson