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ICSID

Trade

Analysis

Corporate bias at the World Bank Group

This briefing finds significant bias in favour of corporations and commercial interests in the main venue for settlement of legal cases brought by corporations against governments: the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).

28 September 2015 | At Issue

Private Sector

Commentary

ICSID and Latin America

Latin American states are actively exploring alternative mechanisms to the ICSID state-investor dispute mechanism which they claim has investor bias.

3 December 2013 | At Issue

IFI governance

Background

The UK's role in the World Bank and IMF

This page outlines the structure of the UK government's interaction with the World Bank and the IMF. It provides contact information for the appropriate staff at the Department for International Development and HM Treasury who deal with the Bretton Woods institutions

13 March 2013

IFI governance

News

Appointment of the World Bank president

A letter to all World Bank governors calling for reforms to the selection process for a new World Bank president signed by over 50 civil society groups

15 February 2012 | Letter

Environment

News

Undermining development? IFIs' role in extractive industries in disarray

Ongoing mining projects’ impacts on rights, gender and the environment suggest a new approach to the sector is needed, as the IMF and World Bank dole out contradictory advice on mining revenues.

30 September 2010

Environment

News

IFC's mining investments: a black hole for human rights?

A spate of human rights violations and environmental abuses by mining ventures backed by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank, is raising alarm over the inadequacy of its social and environmental standards.

16 April 2010

Environment

News

ICSID in crisis

The International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) is facing an explosion of cases and increasingly vocal criticism from Latin American countries. Questions remain over whether it helps channel productive investment to developing countries or serves as a tool for multinational corporations to get their way.

10 July 2009

IFI governance

Background

The International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)

The International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), part of the World Bank Group, is an arbitration forum between governments and foreign investors to settle investment disputes. Two thirds of international investment disputes go through ICSID.

10 July 2009 | Inside the institutions
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Private Sector

News

World Bank arbitration mechanism ICSID rules in favour of El Salvador

ICSID, a World Bank arm for investor-state dispute arbitration, ruled that the $250 million case brought by Pac Rim Cayman against El Salvador in 2009 was without merit.

31 January 2017

Trade

News

ICSID problems in the spotlight

Civil society challenges ICSID role in El Salvador mining dispute as international lawyer accuses the arbitration forum of being “seriously flawed”

20 June 2014

Private Sector

News

ICSID offers "impunity" for corporations

In October 2011 international coalition of civil society groups Seattle to Brussels Network held an international week of action against bilateral investment treaties.

7 February 2012

Rights

News

Experts' concern over investment treaties

A group of more than 35 leading academic experts in investment law have to express concerns over the social impact of investor protection priority in target countries.

29 November 2010

IFI governance

News

ICSID takes ad hoc approach to transparency

The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, a World Bank arm for investor-state dispute arbitration, decided in March that questions of confidentiality and transparency in arbitration are to be determined on a case-by-case basis.

16 April 2010

Environment

News

Human rights landmark in ICSID tribunal

For the first time ever, a tribunal of the World Bank's International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) will hear human rights arguments.

20 November 2009

IFI governance

News

World Bank tries to rewrite Bolivian history

The World Bank's Bolivia office has decided to get into the propaganda game. This month it produced a snazzy little 22-page booklet that it is distributing by the tens of thousands in three major Bolivian dailies, in La Paz, Cochabamba, and Santa Cruz. The booklet is titled, "Ten Things They Never Told You About the World Bank in Bolivia."

17 June 2008

Environment

News

Venezuela v. Exxon back to ICSID?

Venezuela has asked Exxon Mobil to go back to the World Bank's International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes, and drop lawsuits filed in other courts in London and New York.

1 April 2008
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