United Nation Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) is the UN body responsible for investment issues. It regularly publishes reports and analyses about ISDS, as well as on about general investment treaty trends, including an annual update on recent developments. We have written about the reports from 2014 and 2015, but recently UNCTAD also updated its database with information from 2016.
Examples of statistics from this latest development include:
- There were 62 new ISDS cases in 2016, a relatively high number compared to earlier years, with the exception of 2015, when 74 cases were initiated.
- Colombia, India and Spain were the most frequent respondent states (with four cases each) but the cases were spread over 49 different host states.
- The United States and the Netherlands were the most common investor nationalities.
- Roughly two thirds of the cases were brought under bilateral treaties, but 10 were based on the multilateral Energy Charter Treaty.
All UNCTAD data, including the updates from 2016, are available in a searchable database here.