Above: A surveyor gathers door-to-door household surveys in Mexico for World Justice Project's rule of law data. Learn about the WJP Rule of Law Index
Why the Rule of Law Matters
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 equity, opportunity, and peace—underpinning development, accountable government, and respect for fundamental rights.