The Rule of Law in Afghanistan

Insights from the World Justice Project’s new report, The Rule of Law in Afghanistan: Key Findings 2019

Livestream Launch Event

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM EDT



As governments face the devastating economic and social effects of the coronavirus pandemic, identifying and addressing rule of law issues related to transparency, corruption, human rights, and the delivery of justice will be paramount to the recovery process. The World Justice Project's (WJP) new report on the rule of law in Afghanistan presents a unique portrait of the country’s rule of law strengths and weaknesses by using extensive survey data collected from the general public, in-country legal practitioners, and ground-breaking interviews with individuals incarcerated in the Afghan prison system. 

The latest edition of this report reflects the experiences and perceptions of more than 17,500 Afghans interviewed over five years. The publication presents a comprehensive summary of the rule of law situation in Afghanistan and contains new, in-depth findings on the performance of the criminal justice system.  

Join USIP and WJP for an in-depth conversation on the report's findings, as well as crucial factors for the rule of law in Afghanistan. Panelists will also discuss how the report can encourage data-driven policy choices and guide program development to strengthen the rule of law. 


  • Scott Worden, moderator
    Director, Afghanistan and Central Asia Programs, USIP
  • Alejandro Ponce, introductory remarks
    Chief Research Officer, World Justice Project
  • Amy Gryskiewicz, report presentation
    Director, Criminal Justice Research, World Justice Project
  • Abdullah Ahmadzai
    Country Representative, Afghanistan, The Asia Foundation
  • Ghizal Haress
    Ombudsperson, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan