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 that protect and advance the rule of law in this time of unprecedented crisis.
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 seeks to further these efforts.
Cash awards ($20,000 USD) will go to six projects that show demonstrable results and promising prospects for future progress, replication, and scaling.
Finalist projects will be profiled on the WJP website and showcased in virtual regional presentations.
Five winners will be chosen by a committee of experienced judges.
One winner will be selected by popular vote by WJP’s network for its inspiration and impact.
To protect the rule of law from urgent threats generated by the global COVID-19 pandemic, and to recover and rebuild the rule of law over the long term.
To support and accelerate the dissemination of high-quality rule of law projects and policies, and encourage their uptake by policymakers and rule of law stakeholders.
In the course of the World Justice Challenge 2021: Advancing the Rule of Law in a Time of Crisis competition, the World Justice Project will convene thematic webinars focused on COVID-19 and its effects on access to justice for all, accountable governance, anti-corruption and open government, and fundamental rights and non-discrimination. Subscribe to WJP's e-newsletter for further competition updates and invitations.
Past Winners & Finalists
In 2019, the World Justice Project organized the World Justice Challenge around the theme of Access to Justice Solutions. The objective was to identify and promote good practices and successful solutions that would help narrow the justice gap for everyday legal problems. WJP received over 250 applications and selected 30 finalists to present their projects at the World Justice Forum 2019, which took place from April 29 to May 3, 2019 in The Hague, Netherlands.