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International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes

ICSID is the world’s leading institution devoted to international investment dispute settlement. It has extensive experience in this field, having administered the majority of all international investment cases. It  was established in 1966 by the Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes between States and Nationals of Other States (the ICSID Convention). ICSID provides for settlement of disputes by conciliation, arbitration or fact-finding. Cases can be found on their website. 

Other databases and materials covering ICSID cases and information include the following:

North American Free Trade Agreement

NAFTA is a three-country accord negotiated by the governments of Canada, Mexico, and the United States that entered into force in January 1994.  Decisions, awards, and orders can be found on NAFTAClaims.com.

For more information on NAFTA, consult the following sources:

Iran-US Tribunal

The Iran-United States Claims Tribunal was established on 19 January 1981 by the Islamic Republic of Iran and the United States of America to resolve certain claims by nationals of one State Party against the other State Party and certain claims between the State Parties. To date, the Tribunal has finalized over 3,900 cases. Currently on the Tribunal’s docket are several large and complex claims between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the United States of America. 

General documents, including awards and decisions, can be found on the Iran-United States Claim Tribunal website. While the website requires a log in, registration is free.

Other resources include the following:

United Nations Compensation Commission

The UNCC was created in 1991 as a subsidiary organ of the United Nations Security Council under Security Council resolution 687 (1991) to process claims and pay compensation for losses and damage suffered as a direct result of Iraq’s unlawful invasion and occupation of Kuwait in 1990-91. Decisions of the Governing Council can be found on their website.

More information can be found in the following sources:

United Nations Commission on International Trade Law

UNCITRAL is the core legal body of the United Nations system in the field of international trade law. A legal body with universal membership specializing in commercial law reform worldwide for over 40 years, UNCITRAL's business is the modernization and harmonization of rules on international business.

Access to UNCITRAL case law can be found in the following sources:

More information about UNCITRAL can be found in one of the following publications:

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