Strengthening the rule of law is essential for anyone interested in advancing peace, equity, and opportunity. Measuring how well countries adhere to the rule of law in practice can be a first step in setting benchmarks, stimulating and guiding reforms, and deepening understanding and appreciation for its fundamental features.
The WJP Rule of Law Index is the world’s leading source for original data on the rule of law, relying on over 100,000 household and expert surveys to measure how the rule of law is experienced by ordinary people worldwide. The 2016 edition expands coverage to 113 countries and offers scores and rankings reflecting government openness and accountability, access to justice, corruption, human rights, security, and more.
Following an introduction of the latest Index findings, a panel will discuss the state of the rule of law worldwide—and why it matters to us all.
Daniel L. Foote
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement
Introduction to WJP
William H. Neukom
Founder and CEO, World Justice Project
2016 WJP Rule of Law Index – Key Findings
Chief Research Officer, World Justice Project
Juan Carlos Botero
Executive Director, World Justice Project
Editor at Large, City Press & Former Chairman, South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF)
Vice President for Studies and Director of the Middle East Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Rachel Kleinfeld (Moderator)
Senior Associate, Democracy and Rule of Law Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad
Former President, Qatar University