These Terms of Service ("Terms") govern use of the internet forum ("Community Forum”) of the World Justice Project ("WJP") at http://community.worldjusticeproject.org. To use the Community Forum, you must agree to these Terms with the WJP, which administers the Community Forum. The WJP may offer other products and services, under different terms. These Terms apply only to use of the Community Forum.

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Important Terms

These Terms include a number of important provisions that affect your rights and responsibilities, such as the disclaimers in Disclaimers, limits on the WJP’s liability to you in Limits on Liability, your agreement to reimburse the WJP for damages caused by your misuse of the Community Forum in Responsibility for Your Use, and an agreement to arbitrate disputes in Disputes.

Your Permission to Use the Community Forum

Subject to these Terms, the WJP gives you permission to use the Community Forum. Anyone wishing to use the Community Forum must agree to these Terms.  

Conditions for Use of the Community Forum

Your permission to use the Community Forum is subject to the following conditions:

  1. You must be at least thirteen (13) years old.
  2. You may no longer use the Community Forum if the WJP contacts you directly to say that you may not.
  3. You must use the Community Forum in accordance with Acceptable Use and Content Standards.

Acceptable Use

  1. You may not break the law using the Community Forum.
  2. You may not use or try to use another person’s account on the Community Forum without his or her specific permission.
  3. You may not buy, sell, or otherwise trade in user names or other unique identifiers on the Community Forum.
  4. You may not send advertisements, chain letters, or other solicitations through the Community Forum, or use the Community Forum to gather addresses or other personal data for commercial mailing lists or databases.
  5. You may not automate access to the Community Forum, or monitor the Community Forum, such as with a web crawler, browser plug-in or add-on, or other computer program that is not a web browser. You may crawl the Community Forum to index it for a publicly available search engine, if you run one.
  6. You may not use the Community Forum to send e-mail to distribution lists, newsgroups, or group mail aliases.
  7. You may not falsely imply that you are affiliated with or endorsed by the WJP.
  8. You may not hyperlink to images or other non-hypertext content on the Community Forum on other webpages.
  9. You may not remove any marks showing proprietary ownership from materials you download from the Community Forum.
  10. You may not show any part of the Community Forum on other websites with <iframe>.
  11. You may not disable, avoid, or circumvent any security or access restrictions of the Community Forum.
  12. You may not strain infrastructure of the Community Forum with an unreasonable volume of requests, or requests designed to impose an unreasonable load on information systems underlying the Community Forum.
  13. You may not impersonate others through the Community Forum.
  14. You may not encourage or help anyone to violate any of these Terms.

Content Standards

  1. You may not submit content to the Community Forum that is illegal, offensive, or otherwise harmful to others. This includes content that is harassing, inappropriate, or abusive.
  2. You may not submit content to the Community Forum that violates the law, infringes anyone’s intellectual property rights, violates anyone’s privacy, or breaches agreements you have with others.
  3. You may not submit content to the Community Forum containing malicious computer code, such as computer viruses or spyware.
  4. You may not submit content to the Community Forum as a mere placeholder, to hold a particular address, user name, or other unique identifier.
  5. You may not use the Community Forum to disclose information that you don’t have the right to disclose, such as another person’s confidential or personal information.

Enforcement

The WJP may investigate and prosecute violations of these Terms to the fullest legal extent. The WJP may notify and cooperate with law enforcement authorities in prosecuting violations of the law and these Terms.

The WJP reserves the right to change, redact, and delete content on the Community Forum for any reason. If you believe someone has submitted content to the Community Forum in violation of these Terms, contact us immediately.

Your Account

You must create and log into an account to use some features of the Community Forum.

To create an account, you must provide some information about yourself. If you create an account, you agree to provide, at a minimum, a valid e-mail address, and to keep that address up-to-date. You may close your account at any time by e-mailing engagement@worldjusticeproject.org.

You agree to be responsible for all action taken using your account, whether authorized by you or not, until you either close your account or notify the WJP that your account has been compromised. You agree to notify the WJP immediately if you suspect your account has been compromised. You agree to select a secure password for your account, and keep it secret.

The WJP may restrict, suspend, or close your account on the Community Forum according to its policy for handling copyright-related takedown requests, or if the WJP reasonably believes that you have broken any rule in these Terms.

Your Content

Nothing in these terms gives the WJP any ownership rights in intellectual property that you share with the Community Forum, such as your account information, posts, or other content you submit to the Community Forum. Nothing in these Terms gives you any ownership rights in the Community Forum's intellectual property.

As between you and the WJP, you remain solely responsible for content you submit to the Community Forum. You agree not to wrongly imply that content you submit to the Community Forum is sponsored or approved by the WJP. These Terms do not obligate the WJP to store, maintain, or provide copies of content you submit, or to change it, according to these Terms.

Content you submit to the Community Forum belongs to you, and you decide what permission to give others for it. But at a minimum, you license the WJP to provide content that you submit to the Community Forum to other users of the Community Forum. That special license permits the WJP to copy, publish, and analyze content you submit to the Community Forum.

When content you submit is removed from the Community Forum, whether by you or by the WJP, the WJP’s special license ends when the last copy disappears from the Community Forum’s backups, caches, and other systems. Other licenses you apply to content you submit, such as Creative Commons licenses, may continue after your content is removed. Those licenses may give others, or the WJP itself, the right to share your content through the Community Forum again.

Others who receive content you submit to the Community Forum may violate the terms on which you license your content. You agree that the WJP will not be liable to you for those violations or their consequences.

Your Responsibility

You agree to indemnify the WJP against legal claims by others related to your breach of these Terms, or breach of these Terms by others using your account on the Community Forum. Both you and the WJP agree to notify each other of any legal claims for which you might have to indemnify the WJP as soon as possible. If the WJP fails to promptly notify you of a legal claim, you won't have to indemnify the WJP for damages that you could have defended against or mitigated with prompt notice. You agree to permit the WJP to control investigation, defense, and settlement of legal claims for which you would have to indemnify the WJP, and to cooperate with those efforts. The WJPs agrees not to agree to any settlement that admits fault for you or imposes obligations on you without your prior agreement.

Disclaimers

You accept all risk of using the Community Forum and content on the Community Forum. As far as the law allows, the WJP and its suppliers provide the Forum as is, without any warranty whatsoever.

The Community Forum may hyperlink to and integrate forums and services run by others. The WJP does not make any warranty about forums or services run by others, or content they may provide. Use of services run by others may be governed by other terms between you and whoever is running those service.

Limits on Liability

Neither the WJP nor its suppliers will be liable to you for breach-of-contract damages their personnel could not have reasonably foreseen when you agreed to these Terms.

As far as the law allows, the total liability to you for claims of any kind that are related to the Community Forum or content on the Community Forum will be limited to US$50.

Feedback

The WJP welcomes your feedback and suggestions for the Community Forum. See the Contact section below for ways to get in touch with us.

You agree that the WJP will be free to act on feedback and suggestions you provide, and that the WJP won’t have to notify you that your feedback was used, get your permission to use it, or pay you. You agree not to submit feedback or suggestions that you believe might be confidential or proprietary, to you or others.

Termination

Either you or the WJP may terminate the agreement established by these Terms at any time.  When our agreement terminates, your permission to use the Community Forum also ends.

The following provisions survive the termination of our agreement: Your Content, Feedback, Your Responsibility, Disclaimers, Limits on Liability, and General Terms.

Disputes

The law of the District of Columbia of the United States will govern any dispute related to these Terms or your use of the Community Forum.

You and the WJP agree to seek injunctions related to these Terms only in state or federal court in Washington, D.C., United States. Neither you nor the WJP will object to jurisdiction, forum, or venue in those courts.

Other than to seek an injunction or for claims under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of the United States, you and the WJP will resolve any dispute by binding American Arbitration Association arbitration. Arbitration will follow the AAA’s Commercial Arbitration Rules and Supplementary Procedures for Consumer Related Disputes. Arbitration will take place in Washington, D.C., United States. You will settle any dispute as an individual, and not as part of a class action or other representative proceeding, whether as the plaintiff or a class member. No arbitrator will consolidate any dispute with any other arbitration without the WJP’s permission.

Any arbitration award will include costs of the arbitration, reasonable attorneys’ fees, and reasonable costs for witnesses. You and the WJP may enter arbitration awards in any court with jurisdiction.

General Terms

If a provision of these Terms is unenforceable as written, but could be changed to make it enforceable, that provision will be deemed to have been modified to the minimum extent necessary to make it enforceable. Otherwise, that provision will be deemed to have been removed.

You may not assign your agreement with the WJP to any organization, firm, company or other person. The WJP may assign this agreement to any affiliate of the WJP, any other company that obtains control of the WJP, or any other company that acquires assets of the WJP related to the Community Forum. Any attempted assignment against these Terms has no legal effect.

Neither the exercise of any right under this agreement, nor waiver of any breach of this agreement, waives any other breach of this agreement.

These Terms embody all the terms of agreement between you and the WJP about use of the Community Forum. These Terms entirely replace any other agreements about your use of the Community Forum, written or not.

Contact

You may notify the WJP under these Terms, and send questions to the WJP, at engagement@worldjusticeproject.org.

The WJP may notify you under these Terms using the e-mail address you provide for your account on the Community Forum, or by posting a message to the homepage of the Community Forum or your account page.

Changes

The WJP last updated these terms on March 1, 2021. and may update these Terms again in the future. The WJP will post all updates to the Community Forum. For updates that contain substantial changes, the WJP agrees to e-mail you, if you’ve created an account and provided a valid e-mail address. The WJP may also announce updates with special messages or alerts on the Community Forum.

Once you get notice of an update to these Terms, you must agree to the new Terms in order to keep using the Community Forum.