Both data sources are processed, standardized on a scale of 0 to 1 and aggregated from variable level to dimension level for each country, then aggregated into an overall score and ranking, with the data map and weights specified in the “Methodology” section of the WJP Open Government Index 2015 report. which is also displayed on the right. Finally, these values are validated and compared to third-party qualitative and quantitative sources to identify possible errors or inconsistencies in the data. For more information on the sampling plan, city coverage, query methodology, and index variables, click here. The World Justice Project defines the rule of law as a permanent system of laws, institutions, norms, and community engagement that ensures accountability, just laws, open government, and accessible justice. These general principles are developed in the WJC Rule of Law Index on eight factors and 44 sub-factors. How does the index take into account different definitions of rule of law and different types of governance? How does it explain intercultural differences in the rule of law? In addition, the index takes into account different definitions of the rule of law and different types of governance by weighting all factors equally. No single factor carries more weight or importance than another. This paper describes the methodology for constructing the WJP Rule of Law Index – a new quantitative assessment tool designed to provide a comprehensive picture of countries` compliance with the rule of law in practice. The WJC Rule of Law Index provides new data on nine dimensions of the rule of law – limited government powers; absence of corruption; order and security; civil rights; Open Government; enforcement; access to civil justice; effective criminal justice; and informal justice – and is compiled from original consultations with the public and local legal experts.

The document also includes estimates for an initial group of 66 countries. The score for the 2015 WJP Open Government Index is derived from two data sources collected by the World Justice Project in each country for the WJP Rule of Law Index: (1) a General Population Survey (GPP) conducted by leading local pollsters from a representative sample of 1,000 respondents in the three largest cities per country; and (2) a Qualified Respondent Questionnaire (QRQ) consisting of closed-ended questions completed by Canadian practitioners and academics with expertise in civil and commercial law, criminal justice, labour law and public health. Together, these two lines of evidence provide up-to-date, first-hand information from a large number of people about their experiences and perceptions of open government. The WJP developed the conceptual framework, which is summarized in the 9 factors and 47 sub-factors of the index, in consultation with academics, practitioners and community leaders from around the world. If you want to know more about the methodology used to create the index, you can visit our page here. You can also visit our variable map, which contains all the questions that enter the index and how they are organized. To illustrate whether the rule of law in a country has changed significantly over the past year, a measure of change over time was created based on the annual difference in factor values at the country level, the standard errors of these values (estimated from a set of 100 bootstrap samples) and the results of the corresponding t-tests. A detailed description of the process by which data is collected and the rule of law is measured can be found in the following document. The rule of law is not only relevant for lawyers and judges, but also concerns people`s rights, access to justice and security in their neighbourhood. it affects whether governments are open and accountable; And it influences whether corruption is allowed to take root and whether people can thrive. The index and our surveys have been carefully designed to be applied in countries with very different social, cultural, economic and political systems. No society has ever achieved – let alone maintained – the full realization of the rule of law.

Every country is constantly challenged to build and renew structures, institutions and standards capable of supporting and maintaining a culture based on the rule of law. The WJP Rule of Law Index is the most comprehensive rule of law dataset; Nevertheless, it has limitations. For example, the index does not provide a complete diagnosis and does not dictate concrete priorities for action. It is intended to be used in combination with other quantitative and qualitative analytical tools to obtain a complete picture of causes and possible solutions.