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"The World Justice Project's Rule of Law Index™"

Please join us for a discussion of the WJP Rule of Law Index™ - a new quantitative assessment tool designed by the World Justice Project to measure the extent to which countries around the world adhere to the rule of law. The WJP Rule of Law Index™ presents a comprehensive set of new indicators on the rule of law from the perspective of the ordinary person. It examines practical situations in which a rule of law deficit may affect the daily lives of ordinary people. The Index provides new data on the following nine dimensions of the rule of law: limited government powers; absence of corruption; order and security; fundamental rights; open government; regulatory enforcement; access to civil justice; effective criminal justice; and informal justice. These nine factors are further disaggregated into 52 sub-factors. The Index seeks to offer a reliable and independent data source regarding a variety of dimensions of the rule of law for policy makers, businesses, non-governmental organizations, and other constituencies to assess a nation's adherence to the rule of law in practice, identify a nation's strengths and weaknesses in comparison to similarly situated countries, and track changes over time. Data comes from a global poll of the general public and detailed questionnaires administered to local legal experts. To date, over 66,000 regular citizens and 2,000 experts from around the world have participated.

About the Organization

The World Justice Project (WJP) is a multinational, multidisciplinary initiative to strengthen the rule of law for the development of communities of opportunity and equity. The World Justice Project is based on two complementary premises: first, the rule of law is the foundation for communities of opportunity and equity; and second, multidisciplinary collaboration is the most effective way to advance the rule of law. The WJP uses a working definition of the rule of law based on four universal principles:  that governments should be accountable under the law; that there should be fair and comprehensible laws that protect fundamental rights; that legal processes should be fair and efficient; and that people should have access to justice provided by diverse, competent, and independent judges and lawyers. The WJP advances the rule of law through three complementary and mutually reinforcing program areas: Mainstreaming, Rule of Law Index, and Scholarship.

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