Measuring the Rule of Law: The World Justice Project’s Rule of Law Index

  • Alyssa Dougherty
  • Amy Gryskiewicz
  • Alejandro Ponce


This chapter describes the process through which the World Justice Project created the methodology for the WJP Rule of Law Index, a quantitative tool designed to provide a comprehensive picture of the extent to which countries adhere to the rule of law in practice. It highlights the process of developing each of the Index’s composite indicators and explores the broader contextual, methodological, and political issues that were taken into consideration. Finally, to provide insights into the way that the use of these indicators has impacted the understanding of the rule of law, it will detail how stakeholders have responded to the Index and its findings.


Rule of law Rule of Law Index Indicators Governance World Justice Project Government accountability Corruption Order and security Fundamental rights Open government Access to justice 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alyssa Dougherty
    • 1
  • Amy Gryskiewicz
    • 2
  • Alejandro Ponce
    • 2
  1. 1.United States Senate, Former World Justice ProjectWashington, DCUSA
  2. 2.World Justice ProjectWashington, DCUSA

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