International Minimum Standard Law and Legal Definition

International Minimum Standard refers to a minimum standard of treatment to be observed with regard to the treatment of foreign nationals. The minimum standard consists of the right to life, liberty, and free access to the courts and to the protection of property.

The Minimum Standard of Treatment protects the investments of investors and ensures fair and equitable treatment and full protection and security in accordance with the principles of customary international law. Fair and equitable treatment includes non-discrimination and the protection of foreign property by the host State.

A coastal state is precluded from enacting legislation that includes greater restrictions or requirements than existing international minimum standards. [Mayaguezanos por la Salud y el Ambiente v. United States, 38 F. Supp. 2d 168, 177 (D.P.R. 1999)]