Librarian Relations Consultant Tip: Tracking the Relationship between Rule of Law and Social and Economic Development with LexisNexis® Rule of Law Impact Tracker.

Librarian Relations Consultant Tip: Tracking the Relationship between Rule of Law and Social and Economic Development with LexisNexis® Rule of Law Impact Tracker.

LexisNexis is committed to the Rule of Law, the principle that all people and institutions are subject to and accountable to law that is fairly applied and enforced, and committed to advancing it across the globe. But how do you measure the impact of a principle, like Rule of Law? How do you determine that your support of such a principle is worthwhile?

To help explain the impact, LexisNexis created this interactive tool that quantifies the relationship between Rule of Law and social and economic development.

The tracker is based on internationally accepted standards put forth by the World Justice Project. The Rule of Law is a system in which the following four universal principles are upheld:

  • The government and its officials and agents as well as individuals and private entities are accountable under the law.
  • The laws are clear, publicized, stable and just; are applied evenly; and protect fundamental rights, including the security of persons and property, and certain core human rights.
  • The process by which the laws are enacted, administered and enforced is accessible, fair and efficient.
  • Justice is delivered timely by competent, ethical and independent representatives and neutrals who are of sufficient number, have adequate resources and reflect the makeup of the communities they serve.

The tracker measures these standards by using 44 indicators in eight categories. Currently 102 countries have been indexed.  

If you find this topic compelling, explore the tracker to learn details, like the relation of the Rule of Law to important social indicators. For instance, for child mortality, higher Rule of Law scores relate to fewer deaths.

Also, consider this presentation of information as a powerful example of telling a story with infographics. Be inspired to tell your stories in this engaging and powerful way!