Assessing the Assessors: The World Justice Project's "Rule of Law Index"
Methodologically, the WJP uses original survey data drawn from households and from legal experts in each country. The WJP pursues “multidisciplinary collaboration” with dozens of legal and non-legal civil society groups.
The WJP Index is not limited to quality of justice issues, but its indicators include differentiated examination of the civil, criminal, and regulatory contexts, alongside consideration of broader ‘rule of law’ themes such as absence of corruption, the extent to which government is constrained (inter alia by the judiciary), order and security, the openness of government, and the protection of fundamental rights. My paper will critically assess the strengths and weaknesses of the World Justice Project’s Rule of Law Index, as well as its potential contribution to the ‘quality of justice’ agenda.