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 justice, opportunity, and peace—underpinning development, accountable government, and respect for fundamental rights.

Despite this, all over the world, people are denied basic rights to safety, freedom, and dignity because the rule of law is weak or non-existent.

When pollution laws are ignored and inspectors are bribed, the environment suffers. Women fall victim to abuse when their rights are ignored and when their access to justice is limited. Families suffer when parents are coerced into paying bribes to get their children into health clinics and even schools. Local and international businesses avoid investing in communities where there is a lack of stable rules and regulations, leading to excessive amounts of risk.

Rule of law means better public health, economic development, and political participation. It is the necessary ingredient to all forms of human endeavor, especially in communities of greatest need.


The World Justice Project (WJP) is an independent, multidisciplinary organization working to create knowledge, build awareness, and stimulate action to advance the rule of law worldwide.


A world comprised of rule of law communities delivering justice, opportunity, and peace.


The World Justice Project has three primary goals:

  1. Increased understanding of the rule of law and its foundational importance.
  2. Greater rule of law adherence by governments.
  3. Multidisciplinary, home-grown cultures of the rule of law.