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2 June 2015 (6:00 AM EDT)

 

WORLD JUSTICE PROJECT RELEASES WJP RULE OF LAW INDEX® 2015 SCORES AND RANKINGS FOR 102 COUNTRIES WORLDWIDE

Denmark top performer; Venezuela bottom performer in rule of law according to latest World Justice Project report

 

WASHINGTON, DC (2 JUNE, 2015) – The World Justice Project (WJP) today released the WJP Rule of Law Index 2015, an annual report that measures how the rule of law is experienced by the general public in 102 countries worldwide. The top three overall performers in the WJP Rule of Law Index 2015 are Denmark (1), Norway (2), and Sweden (3); the bottom three are Zimbabwe (100), Afghanistan (101), and Venezuela (102). Regional leaders also included Nepal (S. Asia), Georgia (E. Europe & Central Asia); Botswana (Sub-Saharan Africa); Uruguay (Latin America & Caribbean); and United Arab Emirates (Middle East & North Africa).

The Index relies on over 100,000 household and 2,400 expert surveys to measure how the rule of law is experienced in practical, everyday situations by ordinary people around the world. Performance is assessed using 47 indicators across eight categories, each of which is scored and ranked globally and against regional and income peers: Constraints on Government Powers, Absence of Corruption, Open Government, Fundamental Rights, Order and Security, Regulatory Enforcement, Civil Justice, and Criminal Justice.

The complete 2015 report—including regional rankings, country-specific data, global insights and more— is available on June 2 at: www.worldjusticeproject.org/rule-of-law-index.

“Effective rule of law helps reduce corruption, alleviate poverty, improve public health and education, and protect people from injustices and dangers large and small,” said William H. Neukom, WJP Founder and CEO. “Wherever we come from, the rule of law can always be strengthened.”

The WJP Rule of Law Index is the most comprehensive index of its kind and the only to rely solely on primary data. The Index’s scores are built from the assessments of local residents (1,000 respondents per country) and local legal experts, which ensure that the findings reflect the conditions experienced by the population, including marginalized sectors of society. Features of the 2015 Index include:

  • New data for 2015: Updated scores and rankings for 102 countries across 8 primary rule of law indicators and 47 sub-factors.
  • Global insights: New insights into issues of impunity, open government, policing, and more as they are experienced and perceived by ordinary people worldwide. 
  • Data app: In-depth country data featured on a standalone site for quickly accessing, comparing, and downloading WJP Rule of Law Index data.
  • Changes over time: Country profiles feature changes in rule of law adherence over time.
  • Additional countries: New to the WJP Rule of Law Index — Belize, Costa Rica, and Honduras.

TOP 10 WJP RULE OF LAW INDEX 2015 PERFORMERS

Country Overall Score Global Ranking
Denmark 0.87 1
Norway 0.87 2
Sweden 0.85 3
Finland 0.85 4
Netherlands 0.83 5
New Zealand 0.83 6
Austria 0.82 7
Germany 0.81 8
Singapore 0.81 9
Australia 0.80 10

 

BOTTOM 10 WJP RULE OF LAW INDEX 2015 PERFORMERS

Country Overall Score Global Ranking
Bangladesh 0.42 93
Bolivia 0.41 94
Uganda 0.41 95
Nigeria 0.41 96
Cameroon 0.40 97
Pakistan 0.38 98
Cambodia 0.37 99
Zimbabwe 0.37 100
Afghanistan 0.35 101
Venezuela 0.32 102

 

ABOUT THE WORLD JUSTICE PROJECT:

The World Justice Project® (WJP) is an independent, multidisciplinary organization working to advance the rule of law around the world. 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. The World Justice Project engages citizens and leaders from across the globe and from multiple work disciplines to advance the rule of law. Through our mutually-reinforcing programs of Research and Scholarship, the WJP Rule of Law Index, and Engagement, WJP seeks to increase public awareness about the foundational importance of the rule of law, stimulate policy reforms, and develop practical, on-the-ground programs. Learn more at: www.worldjusticeproject.org 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: 

press@worldjusticeproject.org 

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