The Rule of Law

The World Justice Project (WJP) Rule of Law Index 2017– 2018 is the seventh report in an annual series, which measures the rule of law based on the experiences and perceptions of the general public and in-country experts worldwide. Strengthening the rule of law is a major goal of citizens, governments, donors, businesses, and civil society organizations around the world.

The WJP Rule of Law Index 2017–2018 presents a portrait of the rule of law in 113 countries by providing scores and rankings based on eight factors: constraints on government powers, absence of corruption, open government, fundamental rights, order and security, regulatory enforcement, civil justice, and criminal justice.

The Index is the world’s most comprehensive dataset of its kind and the only to rely principally on primary data, measuring countries’ adherence to the rule of law from the perspective of ordinary people and their experiences.

The country scores and rankings for the WJP Rule of Law Index 2017–2018 are derived from more than 110,000 household surveys and 3,000 expert surveys in 113 countries and jurisdictions.

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Asian countries ranked second in the report thanks to the destinations like Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan.


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Top 20:

  1. Denmark 0.89
  2. Norway 0.89
  3. Finland 0.87
  4. Sweden 0.86
  5. Netherlands 0.85
  6. Germany 0.83
  7. New Zealand 0.83
  8. Austria 0.81
  9. Canada 0.81
  10. Australia 0.81
  11. United Kingdom 0.81
  12. Estonia 0.80
  13. Singapore 0.80
  14. Japan 0.79
  15. Belgium 0.77
  16. Hong Kong SAR, China 0.77
  17. Czech Republic 0.74
  18. France 0.74
  19. United States 0.73
  20. Republic of Korea 0.72