The EU flag, with Lady Justice in the middle

One of the founding principles of the European Union is respect for the rule of law.  

And in practice, EU countries are often leading the way on rule of law performance around the world. In 2023, eight out of the top 10 countries in the World Justice Project (WJP) Rule of Law Index were in the European Union.  

But that doesn’t mean EU countries are without their own hot-button rule of law issues.  

How well do you know current rule of law issues in the European Union?

 

Later this year, WJP will publish a study on the rule of law in the European Union at the subnational level, covering 110 regions across the 27 member states.  

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Otomí spiritual leader Lucina Hernández Reyes leads a walk in a forest with community leaders in San Miguel Almaya, Capulhuac

As part of a multidimensional project funded by the Canadian Embassy in Mexico, WJP has produced a new report that seeks to increase the visibility of Indigenous mediation programs. It comes as a growing number of governments, donors, and communities are embracing a paradigm shift to people-centered justice. That global movement prioritizes identifying people’s legal needs and fostering accessible solutions to address them, rather than primarily investing in established institutions that are missing the mark. 

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WJP Executive Director Elizabeth Andersen speaking at the National Judicial College's March conference

Authoritarianism and weakened justice systems continue to erode the rule of law globally–but not universally. Taking cues from the communities resisting these trends can pave the road forward, according to the World Justice Project (WJP) Executive Director Elizabeth Andersen. On March 13, Andersen addressed judicial, legal, and academic leaders at the National Judicial Conference’s symposium on “Democracy’s Last Line of Defense: Preserving an Independent Judiciary.”     

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