By Davy Karkason
Founding Attorney

Trade disputes are becoming more and more common in today’s globalized world. This article will explore the details of a dispute between Peru and an international construction company, which has filed an ICSID claim against Peru over tariff payments and maintenance costs related to a toll road concession.

An Overview of the Dispute

The dispute began when a Peruvian construction company was awarded a toll road concession by the government of Peru to construct, operate, and maintaining a stretch of highway near Lima. The agreement included provisions regarding how much the government would pay for tariff payments as well as how much it would be responsible for in terms of maintenance costs. However, after several years, the government failed to meet its obligations under the agreement with regards to both payments and maintenance costs.

In response, the construction company filed an international investment arbitration claim with ICSID (the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes) against Peru because it had breached its agreement by failing to honor its payment obligations. The claim also alleged that Peru had violated specific international trade laws in handling this dispute.

Analysis of Potential Outcomes

If ICSID finds in favor of the construction company, then Peru could be liable for damages related to its failure to pay tariffs or maintain roads according to their agreement. This could include not only monetary damages but also reputational damage if ICSID determines that Peru acted in bad faith or violated any international trade rules during this dispute. Additionally, even if ICSID does not find in favor of the construction company, some sort of settlement will likely be reached between the two parties since both sides have an interest in avoiding further litigation costs.


This case is yet another example of how globalized trade has created increased opportunities for trade disputes between countries and multinational corporations. In this case, we can see that while contractual obligations were put in place by both parties at the outset, those obligations were ultimately not honored by one side and thus necessitated arbitration proceedings through ICSID. Depending on what outcome is decided upon by ICSID’s tribunal panel, this case could have lasting implications not only on future contracts between foreign entities within Peru but also on other similar issues throughout Latin America and worldwide. Ultimately, whatever decision is reached should serve as a reminder that all parties must abide by their contractual obligations if they hope to avoid costly legal battles.

About the Author
As a lawyer and the founder of Transnational Matters, Davy Aaron Karkason represents numerous international companies and a wide variety of industries in Florida, the U.S., and abroad. He is dedicated to fighting against unjust expropriation and unfair treatment of any individual or entity involved in an international matter. Mr. Karason received his B.A. in Political Science & International Relations with a Minor in Criminal Justice from Nova Southeastern University. If you have any questions about this article you can contact Davy Karkason through our contact page.