WJP Anthony Lewis Prize for Exceptional Rule of Law Journalism

The WJP Anthony Lewis Prize for Exceptional Rule of Law Journalism was created to acknowledge journalists from around the world who have contributed to increased awareness and understanding of the foundational importance of the rule of law. The winner of the 2016 competition was announced in May 2016 (read our announcement here.)


Anthony Lewis (1927 – 2013), a friend and inspiration to the World Justice Project, was a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist credited with transforming legal journalism in the United States. Lewis covered the Supreme Court, the Justice Department, and legal affairs for The New York Times in addition to serving as a columnist as well as the paper’s London bureau chief. He is the author of five books, including Gideon’s Trumpet, which describes James Earl Gideon’s landmark U.S. Supreme Court case concerning the right to legal counsel. Lewis’ reporting on the establishment of the Constitutional Court in post-apartheid South Africa helped inspire the creation of the World Justice Project. He was also an active participant at WJP's first regional meeting in 2007.


Effective rule of law reduces corruption, combats poverty and disease, and protects people from injustices large and small. It is the foundation for communities of peace, opportunity, and equity—underpinning development, accountable government, and respect for fundamental rights.

Traditionally, the rule of law has been viewed as the domain of lawyers and judges. But everyday issues of safety, rights, justice, and governance affect us all; everyone is a stakeholder in the rule of law. (Read more about the rule of law.)


The 2016 competion is now closed. Sign up for our newsletter to be alerted to the opening of our next round.

Thank you to our 2016 judging panel:

Jennifer R. Clarke
Executive Director
The Public Interest Law Center

Belinda Goldsmith
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Jack Knight
Frederic Cleaveland Professor of Law and Political Science
Duke University

Mondli Makhanya
Former Editor-in-Chief, Times Media Group & Former Chairman, South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF)
Editor at Large, City Press newspaper & Board Member, World Justice Project

David Shipler
Pulitzer Prize-winning author and former New York Times correspondent

David M. Shribman
Executive editor Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and winner of the Pulitzer Prize