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World Justice Project Rule of Law Index 2016

Key players in the WJP`s 2016 Rule of Law Index included Egypt, Iran and Argentina (calculated by comparing countries to the WJP`s 2015 Rule of Law Index, excluding 11 new countries added this year). Egypt, which now ranks 110th out of 113 countries, fell 13 places from the 2015 index. Iran, now ranked 86th out of 113 countries, moved up 13 places. Argentina, now ranked 51st out of 113 countries, moved up 12 places. Provide original and impartial data on how the rule of law is lived in daily life in 139 countries around the world. Where the rule of law is weak, people are deprived of their fundamental rights to security, liberty and justice. Their contribution provides changemakers with essential research and resources to advance the rule of law worldwide. “An effective rule of law is the foundation of communities of peace, justice and opportunity,” said William H. Neukom, founder and CEO of WJP. “No country has ever achieved, let alone maintained, a full implementation of the rule of law. The WJP Rule of Law Index is intended to be a first step towards norm-setting, informing and guiding reforms, and deepening appreciation and understanding of the fundamental importance of the rule of law. The Rule of Law in Afghanistan: Key Findings from the 2016 Extended General Population Poll & Justice Sector Survey presents selected results from two nationally representative surveys conducted by the World Justice Project in Afghanistan in July and August 2016. Data from both surveys are presented in the form of 12 thematic fact sheets that highlight another facet of the rule of law as experienced by the Afghan people.

These notes address issues of accountability, corruption, human rights, access to information, crime, justice – criminal, civil and informal – and the role of women in Afghan society. This report also provides a summary of the key findings of 50 in-depth interviews designed to complement the quantitative results of the Justice Sector Survey by collecting qualitative data on experiences and perceptions of justice in their community, the dispute resolution process and its impact on their privacy. Overall, this report represents the voices of more than 6,500 people in Afghanistan and their experiences of the rule of law in their country. WASHINGTON, DC (20. October 2016) – The World Justice Project (WJP) today released the WJP`s 2016® Rule of Law Index, the annual report that measures how the rule of law is experienced by the public around the world. The top three overall scores on the WJP`s 2016 Rule of Law Index were Denmark (1), Norway (2) and Finland (3); the last three were Afghanistan (111), Cambodia (112) and Venezuela (113). Each edition of the WJP Rule of Law Index draws on more than 110,000 household and expert surveys to measure how the rule of law is experienced and perceived by audiences around the world in practical and everyday situations. Performance is assessed against 44 indicators in 8 categories, each assessed and ranked globally and against regional and income peers: constraints on government powers, absence of corruption, open government, fundamental rights, order and security, law enforcement, civil justice and criminal justice. Please note that prior to 2015, values are not strictly comparable across iteration of the index. There are two main reasons for this. First, countries are evaluated in relation to the 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 were included in 2016 and 2017-2018. One hundred and twenty-six (126) countries/jurisdictions are included in 2019. One hundred and twenty-eight (128) countries/jurisdictions are included in 2020. One hundred and thirty-nine (139) countries/jurisdictions are included in 2021. Second, the construction of the underlying indicators and survey tools has been slightly revised with the publication of each report during these years. For these reasons, we ask all users to exercise caution when comparing results over time, although it can be noted that the WJP`s indicator construction and survey tools have remained relatively stable since 2015, allowing comparisons from 2015 to 2021 to be made with greater certainty. The World Justice Project (WJP) Rule of Law Index® is a quantitative assessment tool developed by the World Justice Project to provide a detailed and comprehensive picture of countries` respect for the rule of law in practice. The General Population Survey (GPP) is sent to local polling companies that conduct surveys of ordinary people across the country. Qualified Respondent Questionnaires (QRQs) are sent to experts around the world.

Countries that dominate their region in terms of overall rule of law values are: Nepal (South Asia), Georgia (Eastern Europe and Central Asia); South Africa (sub-Saharan Africa); Uruguay (Latin America and the Caribbean); United Arab Emirates (Middle East and North Africa); New Zealand (East Asia and Pacific) and Denmark (EU & EFTA & North America). The full 2016 report – including online data visualizations and download options – will be available from 20 October at: The World Justice Project (WJP) is an independent and multidisciplinary organization dedicated to promoting the rule of law around the world. An effective rule of law reduces corruption, fights poverty and disease, and protects people from injustice big and small. It is the foundation of communities of peace, opportunity and justice and supports development, accountable governance and respect for human rights. For more information: The following dataset contains the total, factorial, and sub-factor values for the countries and jurisdictions included in each iteration of the index since 2012, with 1 being the highest score and 0 being the lowest. To see how the questions are mapped, read the methods document. (Data are collected for a ninth factor to measure informal justice, but are not used in aggregate scores and rankings. This is due to the complexity of these systems and the difficulty of measuring their equity and effectiveness in an area that is both systematic and comparable across countries).