Corporate investments in a foreign country are regulated by a global web of international investment agreements. These agreements offer legal protection to investments in a state by foreign individuals or companies, particularly against measures that negatively impact property such as expropriation without compensation. The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) offers facilities for legal dispute resolution between states and companies. Based on the ICSID Convention and accompanying rules the Centre provides the legal framework, premises and administrative structures for arbitration and conciliation but does not itself make decisions in disputes.
In 2012, the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) of the World Bank rejected a joint petition from ECCHR and the chiefs of four indigenous communities to be admitted as amici curiae in two cases in which European investors sought to sue the Government of Zimbabwe.