Following The Rule of Law

One of the very best ways to compare the relative levels of justice across multiple nations is to examine how closely each of those nations follows The Rule of Law.

Recently, the World Justice Project (WJP) launched the 2012-2013 edition of the WJR Rule of Law Index, which seeks to offer “a detailed and comprehensive picture of the extent to which countries adhere to the rule of law in practice.”

While there is a ton of useful and interesting information available as part of the Index, my personal favorite is the Data Map. You can select any of the individual factors that goes into the overall ranking and then see a graphic representation on how the different nations rank in that area. You can also click on the country to bring up the relevant factor score and a link to the report for that country.

If maps aren’t your thing, you can also view the Data directly in table format (or download it). From there, for instance, you can easily determine that the least corrupt government officials are in Sweden (0.96 out of a possible score of 1.0) and the most corrupt government officials can be found in Cameroon (0.20 out of a possible score of 1.0).

Take a look!