World Justice Project Releases New Rule of Law Index; U.S. Trails Europe in Several Aspects

World Justice Project Releases New Rule of Law Index; U.S. Trails Europe in Several Aspects

A new Rule of Law (ROL) Index issued June 13 by the World Justice Project (WJP) reports that, among other key findings, the U.S. trails behind Europe in terms of adherence to the rule of law.

The WJP ROL Index offers a comprehensive picture of the extent to which countries adhere to the rule of law, not in theory, but in practice. It measures how laws are implemented and enforced in practice and the effect on people's lives.

While the U.S. report card shows a well-functioning system of checks and balances, and good results in guaranteeing civil liberties among its people, the country lags behind Western European nations in terms of a variety of other aspects, most notably:

  • The civil justice system remains inaccessible to disadvantaged groups (ranking 21st)
  • Legal assistance is expensive or unavailable (ranking 52nd), and
  • The gap between rich and poor individuals in terms of both actual use of and satisfaction with the civil courts system remains significant.
  • In addition, there is a general perception that ethnic minorities and foreigners receive unequal treatment from the police and the courts.

LexisNexis supports the WJP's Rule of Law Index and its mission to advance the rule of law for the development of communities of opportunity and equity worldwide.

A press release including further results is available in pdf format.

Please click on the Attachment: link at the top of the post to view or download the complete report (Note: report is 158 pages long and will take several seconds to minutes to download depending on your connection speed)

 

Attachment: WJP-ROLIndex2011.pdf