For centuries, the United States was seen as a global leader on the rule of law.  

The pioneering U.S. Constitution was the first to enshrine key checks and balances that prevent abuses of government power. Its Bill of Rights guaranteed fundamental freedoms for the people themselves.  

Over the years, the United States expanded the reach of its founding rule of law principles to protect more people at home and to influence many countries abroad. 

But today, the World Justice Project (WJP) Rule of Law Index shows that the rule of law is declining globally

How is U.S. rule of law doing? Take the quiz and find out! 

 

Explore the 2023 WJP Rule of Law Index

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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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