World Justice Challenge 2021

Applications are now closed for the World Justice Challenge 2021: Advancing the Rule of Law in a Time of Crisis. Sign up to WJP's email newsletter to receive announcements for the next World Justice Challenge competition.

The World Justice Challenge 2021: Advancing the Rule of Law in a Time of Crisis is a global competition to identify, recognize, and promote good practices and high-impact projects and policies to protect and advance areas of the rule of law most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic strikes in the midst of a global rule of law crisis in which respect for key principles of good governance has been eroding in many countries for a number of years. These twin crises of public health and rule of law make this pandemic particularly dangerous. Identifying and promoting good practices and promising approaches are essential to addressing the crisis' underlying governance challenges, supporting an effective recovery process, and building back better rule of law based societies. 

The World Justice Challenge 2021: Advancing the Rule of Law in a Time of Crisis competition invited submissions that offer solutions that address four aspects of the rule of law directly affected by the pandemic: 

  • Access to Justice for All
  • Accountable Governance
  • Anti-Corruption and Open Government
  • Fundamental Rights and Non-Discrimination

Cash awards were presented to winning projects that showed demonstrable results and promising prospects for future progress, replication, and scaling in these four areas. In addition to these thematic prizes, two special awards recognized winners for the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Legacy Prize and the WJP Network Popular Vote.




Past Winners

In the World Justice Challenge 2019: Access to Justice Solutions competition, 30 finalists presented their work at the World Justice Forum on April 29-May 2, 2019, in The Hague, Netherlands. Learn more about the 2019 winners, finalists, honorable mentions, and more on our World Justice Challenge 2019 webpage.

One year ago, the World Justice Forum 2019 concluded with the announcement of the winners of the 2019 World Justice Challenge: Access to Justice Solutions. To mark this occasion, WJP is catching up with each winning project to learn how their work has evolved over the past year, the challenges they face, and how the World Justice Challenge prize money has bolstered their work.

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