The World Justice Project (WJP)  Rule of Law Index® is a quantitative assessment tool designed by the World Justice Project to offer a detailed and comprehensive picture of the extent to which countries adhere to the rule of law in practice.

Factors of the WJP Rule of Law Index include:

  1. Constraints on Government Powers
  2. Absence of Corruption
  3. Open Government
  4. Fundamental Rights
  5. Order and Security
  6. Regulatory Enforcement 
  7. Civil Justice
  8. Criminal Justice

(Data is collected for a 9th factor, Informal Justice, but it is not used in aggregated scores and rankings. This is due to the complexities of these systems and the difficulties in measuring their fairness and effectiveness in a matter that is both systematic and comparable across countries.)

The following dataset presents the factors and sub-factor scores for the countries and jurisdictions included in each iteration of the Index since 2012, where 1 signifies the highest score and 0 signifies the lowest score.

Please note that scores across iterations of the Index are not strictly comparable. This is primarily due to three reasons. First, countries are scored relative to other countries in the sample. Ninety-seven (97) countries / jurisdictions were included in the 2012-2013 dataset. Ninety-nine (99) countries / jurisdictions were included in 2014. One hundred and two (102) countries / jurisdictions were included in 2015. One hundred and thirteen (113) countries / jurisdictions are included in 2016. Second, the construction of the indicators has been slightly revised with the publication of each report. Third, the underlying survey instruments have been slightly revised each year. For these reasons, we ask all users to use caution in comparing scores over time.