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.

That’s why WJP’s mutually-reinforcing lines of business employ a multi-disciplinary approach through original research and data, an active and global network, and practical, locally-led programs to advance the rule of law worldwide.

Research and Scholarship: The WJP’s Research & Scholarship work supports research about the meaning and measurement of the rule of law, and how it matters for economic, socio-political, and human development. The Rule of Law Research Consortium (RLRC) is a community of leading scholars from a variety of fields harnessing diverse methods and approaches to produce research on the rule of law and its effects on society.


WJP Rule of Law Index: The World Justice Project Rule of Law Index® is the world’s leading source for original data on the rule of law. The 2016 edition expands coverage to 113 countries and jurisdictions (from 102 in 2015), relying on more than 110,000 household and expert surveys to measure how the rule of law is experienced and perceived in practical, everyday situations by the general public worldwide. Index findings have been cited by heads of state, chief justices, business leaders, and public officials, including coverage by more than 1,000 media outlets worldwide.


Engagement: Engagement efforts include connecting and developing a global network, organizing and leading strategic convenings, and incubating practical, locally-led programs. At our World Justice Forum, regional conferences, and single-country workshops, advocates come together to learn about the rule of law, build their networks, and design pragmatic solutions to local rule of law challenges. In addition, the World Justice Challenge provides seed grants to support on-the-ground programs addressing discrimination, corruption, violence, and more.