Save the Date for World Justice Forum 2022 –
Building More Just Communities

May 30 – June 2, 2022
The Hague, Netherlands & Online

 

The World Justice Project is pleased to announce that the next edition of the World Justice Forum will take place from May 30 – June 2, 2022, in The Hague, Netherlands and online. Please save the date on your calendars for this milestone event!

The World Justice Forum is the premier international event for the rule of law. The 2022 Forum will convene public and private sector leaders and advocates from around the world—in person and online—for three days of agenda-setting, learning, and action to ensure the path of recovery from COVID-19 is just and that progress toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals remains on track. WJP will also incorporate the next round of the World Justice Challenge into the World Justice Forum 2022, with finalists presenting at the conference and online.

Please save the date on your calendars for this milestone event. And in the meantime, sign up for the World Justice Project's email newsletter to be the first to receive World Justice Forum 2022 registration alerts, speaker announcements, and programming information. Learn more about the World Justice Forum 2022 via the link below.
 

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Confidence in accountability for U.S. public officials plummeted from 2016 to 2021, according to World Justice Project (WJP) surveys.  Would a high-level official pay a price for pocketing public money? Would a politically connected person be held responsible for a non-violent crime?  The answers increasingly became no among the general public and legal experts.  This year, the United States finally turned a corner on its overall WJP Rule of Law Index score after sharp declines in the preceding five years, but it still has much lost ground to regain.    In recognition of this challenge, the WJP is embarking on a new U.S. campaign to strengthen rule of law and “rebuild trust.” Co-founder and Board Chair William Hubbard announced the effort at a recent rule of law briefing cosponsored by the American Bar Association Cornerstones of Democracy Commission. 

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In recent years equal rights and non-discrimination protections have weakened, putting at-risk groups in danger of further erasure and marginalization. The 2022 WJP Rule of Law Index points to a rise in discrimination during the pandemic, with 70% of countries and jurisdictions having declined in equal treatment and absence of discrimination. Vulnerable groups already exposed to systemic inequality—such as the LGBTQI+ community, children with disabilities, women, and ethnic and racial minorities—were further marginalized during the crisis, and continue to be left out of solutions to “build back better.” At the World Justice Forum 2022, equal rights leaders, activists, and academics came together to discuss the increasing challenges these groups face, as well as promising solutions to address them.

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Every year, the WJP Rule of Law Index takes a detailed look at adherence to rule of law principles around the world. This year’s Index covers 140 countries and jurisdictions and contains data on eight factors that make up the rule of law, including fundamental rights, absence of corruption, and criminal justice.   Insights from the 2022 WJP Rule of Law Index show that adherence to rule of law fell in 61% of countries this year. Globally, this means that 4.4 billion people live in countries where rule of law has declined over the past year.   Rule of law impacts our rights, our safety, our well-being, and our access to justice. The WJP Rule of Law Index provides original data annually on people’s experiences with and perceptions of rule of law in 140 countries and jurisdictions around the world, making the Index a valuable resource for policymakers, business leaders, and advocates. 

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