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International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes

Headquarters: 1818 H Street NW., MSN J2-200, Washington, DC 20433

202-522-2615 | Email:

PRESIDENTDavid R. Malpass
Secretary-GeneralMegan Kinnear

The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) is an autonomous international institution and a World Bank Group affiliate that provides an independent forum for conciliation and arbitration of international investment disputes. By providing an impartial system for dispute settlement, it facilitates foreign investment. The Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes Between States and Nationals of Other States established the ICSID, setting forth its mandate, organization, and core functions. The executive directors of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development formulated this multilateral treaty, which entered into force in 1966, to further the World Bank's goal of promoting international investment.

The ICSID has a composite structure comprising an administrative council and secretariat. Each member state holds one seat on the Administrative Council, whose mandate is to address organizational matters related to ICSID's institutional framework. The Secretariat consists of about 70 professionals who administer arbitration and conciliation cases and support other ICSID activities.

Sources of Information


The ICSID archives contain annual reports, events, featured videos, model clauses, and news and announcements.

Contact Information

General information for contacting ICSID is available online.


The ICSID Convention is available in 20 languages; however, its official version is available in 3 languages: English, French, and Spanish.

Member States

A database of ICSID member states is available online.


The ICSID publishes specialized texts on international investment law and investment dispute resolution procedures.

Related Websites

A list of links to public and commercial websites that may be useful for research in the field of international investment law and practice is available on the ICSID website.

Resources Overview

The ICSID Secretariat promotes greater awareness of the ICSID dispute settlement process and the development of international law on foreign investment by posting information resources on its website.

Social Media

The ICSID tweets announcements and other newsworthy items on Twitter.


This separation of functions within the ICSID enhances impartiality and independence in the resolution of disputes.