Rule of Law & Your Work

The World Justice Project works to strengthen the rule of law by working with different sectors and disciplines around the world to create equitable and just communities.  The WJP aims to increase understanding and build global will for the rule of law through collaboration across a range of key issue areas and regions.  Browse the list below to learn about the relevance of the rule of law to your work.  Explore our Program Library to see innovative programs to advance justice -- from access to education in Cambodia, to equal participation for women in government in Sierra Leone, to land rights for farmers in Haiti.   

Issues

Arts and Culture

Arts and culture are an inherent part of understanding and conveying what it means to be human and how we perceive the world we inhabit. Evidence that the arts are an intrinsic part of human...
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Business

A dynamic private sector is necessary for sustaining economic growth and strength, but its ability to play this essential societal role is hampered when there is a lack of effective rule of law....
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Education

A key component of civic engagement, education improves opportunities for students, increasing social stability and economic competitiveness. Corruption and disregard for laws regulating learning...
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Environment

Without an effective system of regulations and enforcement – systems predicated on the rule of law – threats to the environment will remain unresolved and present ever-greater challenges to...
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Faith

Rule of law mandates that people’s fundamental right to freedom of religion is respected. Further, in many contexts, an effective rule of law is one that balances mainstream beliefs with local...
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Government

Government is the sector that is most responsible for promoting and upholding rule of law in a particular country. Good governance (the process by which rules and regulations are designed,...
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Human Rights

Human rights form the backbone of a just society, and their protection enables individuals and collectives to pursue their desired ends.  Yet human rights are too frequently disregarded or...
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Media

Weak access to information—in law or in practice—prevents citizens from being aware of the rights they are guaranteed, the mechanisms available to protect those rights, and the leverage necessary...
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Military and Public Safety

Ineffective public safety is one of the most telling indicators of weak rule of law. It leaves societies vulnerable to risks posed by crime, conflict, and natural disasters, eroding individual...
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Physical Infrastructure

Safe and reliable physical structures are essential to a thriving economy and an efficient society. Yet corrupt practices in the construction process abound, and honest practitioners are...
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Public Health

Equitable access to comprehensive, effective health care systems, including primary health care and public health services is a fundamental human right and a public good. A healthy populace is...
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Science and Technology

A dynamic private sector is necessary for sustaining economic growth and strength, but its ability to play this essential societal role is hampered when there is a lack of effective rule of law....
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Women and Girls

In most countries, women and girls suffer disproportionately from weak rule of law and face multiple barriers to justice. Women earn less than men, have limited land and property rights, encounter...
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