map of world justice challenge 2021 finalists


The World Justice Challenge 2021: Advancing the Rule of Law in a Time of Crisis is a global competition to identify, recognize, and promote good practices and high-impact projects and policies that protect and advance the rule of law in the face of an unprecedented worldwide pandemic.

This year, WJP and its thematic partners have selected 30 finalists from a pool of 425 submissions from 114 countries. These projects were chosen for their demonstrated impact in advancing the rule of law in four thematic areas affected by the COVID-19 pandemic: access to justice for allaccountable governancefundamental rights and non-discrimination, and anti-corruption and open government. An additional ten projects were chosen as Honorable MentionsCongratulations to all of them!




A panel of expert judges will select five winning organizations from the pool of 30 finalists, including one for each theme. One winner will receive WJP's first-ever Ruth Bader Ginsburg Legacy Prize, and a sixth winner will be selected from the finalists through a popular vote by WJP's global rule of law network. 

Winners will be announced the week of May 24. Each winning organization will receive a $20,000 cash prize and opportunities for networking support from the World Justice Project throughout the year.

How to get involved:

  • Browse Finalist Projects: Watch a video overview of each project and read additional information on each project’s impact, and potential for scalability, replicability, and sustainability. > View finalist projects
  • Attend a Virtual Regional Showcase Event: From March 24 through April 14, WJP and its regional partners will host four virtual Finalists Regional Showcase events. The events will feature quick pitch presentations from Finalists for each region. > Register to attend
  • Ask Questions to Finalists: Join the World Justice Challenge 2021 Community Forum to ask questions to Finalists and network with other members of the rule of law community. > Join the community
  • Vote: One winner will be selected through a popular vote by WJP's global rule of law network. Voting will open in mid-April. Stay tuned for more details coming soon!  


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