World Justice Challenge 2019


The World Justice Challenge is an open competition designed to identify, recognize, and promote good practices and successful solutions that advance the rule of law.

Applications are now closed for the World Justice Challenge 2019: Access to Justice Solutions. Thirty finalists presented their work at the World Justice Forum on April 29-May 2, 2019, in The Hague, Netherlands. The five winners selected at the Forum are:

Learn more about the 2019 winners, finalists, honorable mentions, and more on our World Justice Challenge 2019 webpage.

Visit the World Justice Challenge 2019 Webpage

More than three billion people have unmet justice needs globally. This justice gap includes people who cannot obtain justice for everyday problems and people who face systematic exclusion from the law. According to research conducted by the World Justice Project, more than 50% of people around the world have experienced a legal problem in the past two years alone, and justice systems are failing them. 

Identifying and promoting good practices and successful solutions is essential to narrowing the justice gap.

Effective interventions have been developed and tested around the world. Compiling an accessible evidence base of high-quality, high-impact interventions will help accelerate the dissemination of good ideas and the uptake of promising approaches.   

The World Justice Challenge 2019: Access to Justice Solutions is a competition to identify, recognize, and promote good practices and successful solutions to improve access to justice. These can include solutions that reduce barriers to resolving everyday justice problems, respond to the unmet justice needs of vulnerable populations, or address systematic forms of exclusion and injustice. The World Justice Challenge is designed to highlight projects that have shown demonstrable results and impacts, and showcase promising prospects for future progress, replication, and scaling.

Documenting and Sharing Ideas: WJP's Program Library

Since its founding, the WJP has provided over $1,000,000 in financial, communications, and network support to initiatives on five continents, from improving food security in Haiti to access to health care in Cameroon to tackling corruption in India. These initiatives—led by artists, engineers, athletes, and business leaders—show the diversity of approaches to strengthen the rule of law around the world. All initiatives are catalogued on the WJP’s website in a Program Library, where visitors can learn more about initiatives in their countries, or find inspiration to replicate or adapt an idea. Programs are searchable by country, issue, or rule of law factor in our program library.