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Alejandro Gonzalez Arreola addresses a panel of experts at WJP Mexico's Open Justice Metric launch

The World Justice Project (WJP) is pleased to announce that WJP Mexico Country Office Director Alejandro González Arreola has been named the global organization’s next Chief Engagement Officer. In his new Washington-D.C.-based role, Alejandro will build, strengthen, and support WJP’s global network of rule of law stakeholders; lead global policy engagement, advocacy initiatives, and campaigns on rule of law topics; and spearhead WJP’s work to advance the rule of law through strategic convenings, including the World Justice Forum.  

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Image from "Ruby's Story" on the International Justice Mission's website

The International Justice Mission (IJM) uses the World Justice Project Rule of Law Index in their work to end modern-day slavery. During the 2023 Index launch, Samson Inocencio, IJM’s regional vice president for Asia Pacific, joined other leaders to explain how. We spoke further with him to learn how the rule of law and the Index help IJM fight violence against people living in poverty. 

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As the United States enters a presidential election year, reactions to 2020 results still reverberate. Illustration by Lesley Rosenthal.

In the United States, the rule of law is front and center this election year. The shadow of the last incendiary presidential election looms larger than ever, and U.S. commitment to universal rule of law principles will be tested on numerous fronts in 2024.  Learn more about five rule of law issues experts are keeping an eye on in 2024.

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WJP's 2023 Year-End Impact

In 2023, our data showed the rule of law recession continues. We identified the major trends impeding just communities with the release of the World Justice Project (WJP) Rule of Law Index 2023. Around the world, governments are expanding unchecked powers, people are losing fundamental rights, and justice systems are struggling to deliver timely, equitable justice.  Yet, progress is possible.  

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The word "Human Rights" on a piece of paper, being held in a person's hands

“As the world marks the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, most countries are falling short on upholding its promise,” said Elizabeth Andersen, executive director of the World Justice Project (WJP).  At the recent launch of the 2023 WJP Rule of Law Index, Andersen explained that new Index data shows that both fundamental rights and overall rule of law have declined in more than three-quarters of countries since 2016.  

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The US ranks 26 out of 142 countries and jurisdictions in the 2023 WJP Rule of Law Index

The rule of law has once again eroded in a majority of countries this year, including the United States, according to the World Justice Project (WJP) Rule of Law Index 2023. In 2022, following four consecutive years of declining rule of law, the United States was among the top improvers. Last year’s gains were not enough to overcome the long-term decline since 2016, however, and this year U.S. rule of law took a downturn again.

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FCD Ecuador presents on corruption

As Ecuador looks ahead to next month’s runoff election, WJP spoke with Mauricio Alarcón Salvador, executive director of World Justice Challenge finalist Fundación Ciudadanía y Desarrollo (FCD Ecuador), about the impact of current events in Ecuador on their work to improve transparency and accountability and on broader anti-corruption policy in the country.  

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 Jonathan Osei Owusu, the founder and executive director of the POS Foundation, presents during the 2022 World Justice Challenge showcase

When the COVID-19 pandemic threatened efficient and expedient delivery of justice, the POS Foundation was quick to respond and adapt to such unforeseen challenges by suggesting the idea of carrying out virtual proceedings to the then Chief Justice of the Republic under the “Justice for All Amid COVID-19" initiative in 2020. This progressive reform underscored the program’s commitment to a more fair and efficient legal system.  

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The U.S. Constitution, with the words, "We The People" prominent

“What is the rule of law?” is one of 100 official civics questions that can appear on the U.S. citizenship test.   There are many ways to describe the rule of law, including the definition the World Justice Project formed in consultation with experts around the world. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services says it will accept any verifiably correct answer on its test. But its official study guide hones in on one fundamental rule of law principle. 

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