Introduction to Part III
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The instruments of international law rarely use the term “access to justice.” However, they set out a framework of norms that require states to guarantee citizens access to impartial courts to determine their rights and obligations under law, as well as to legal advice and representation to assist them in doing so. 2 This concept of “access to justice” is strongly interdependent with the classical concept of the rule of law itself. The latter requires governance under a set of rules to which all are accountable, while the former provides the necessary mechanism for that accountability.