These four universal principles constitute a working definition of the rule of law. They were developed in accordance with internationally accepted standards and norms, and were tested and refined in consultation with a wide variety of experts worldwide.

WJP Rule of Law Index

The four universal principles are further developed in the following nine factors of the annual WJP Rule of Law IndexThe latest edition of the Index relies on more than 130,000 household and 4,000 expert surveys to measure how the rule of law is experienced and perceived by the general public worldwide. Index findings have been cited by heads of state, chief justices, business leaders, and public officials, including media coverage in more than 190 countries worldwide.

Leading Voices on the Rule of Law

What do experts and world leaders think about the rule of law—and the World Justice Project's efforts to measure it? We asked several leading global voices for their thoughts.

Additional Rule of Law Information and Resources 

Key WJP reports, edited volumes, journal articles, seminar & conference presentations, and working papers.

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