spirits4The European Union (EU) has requested consultations, a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute proceeding, with Colombia to address what it believes are discriminatory practices against spirits being imported from the EU into Colombia. The EU says that Colombian authorities treat imported alcoholic beverages from the EU in a manner that is inconsistent with the WTO.

Ostensibly, Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions in international trade agreements create a necessary judicial mechanism which empowers international investors to bring actions against host states who act arbitrarily, to the detriment of the international investment.  ISDS has, however, long been criticized as a non-transparent, privately run judicial system through which wealthy investment entities can extract