This year’s Rule of Law Index is the first in what is to become an annual series designed by the World Justice Project (WJP) with an effort to present a thorough and comprehensive picture of the extent to which countries adhere to the rule of law in practice.
According to an announcement by WJP the Index consists of 10 factors and 49 sub-factors, organized under the following set of four principles, or bands, which constitute the WJP definition of the rule of law:
- The government and its officials and agents are accountable under the law;
- The laws are clear, publicized, stable and fair, and protect fundamental rights, including the security of persons and property;
- The process by which the laws are enacted, administered and enforced is accessible, fair and efficient;
- Access to justice is provided by competent, independent, and ethical adjudicators, attorneys or representatives, and judicial officers who are of sufficient number, have adequate resources, and reflect the makeup of the communities they serve.
The index is available as a pdf file.