Peter Smith

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WJP Rule of Law Index® 2014:

Just looking through the World Justice Project: WJP Rule of Law Index® 2014:

It includes the following:

A. “The WJP uses a working definition of the rule of law based on four universal principles, derived from internationally accepted standards. The rule of law is a system where the following four universal principles are upheld:

1. The government and its officials and agents as well as individuals and private entities are accountable under the law.

2. The laws are clear, publicized, stable, and just; are applied evenly; and protect fundamental rights, including the security of persons and property.

3. The process by which the laws are enacted, administered, and enforced is accessible, fair, and efficient.

4. 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.

B. It discusses 9 relevant factors:

Factor 1: Constraints on Government Powers.

Factor 2: Absence of Corruption.

Factor 3: Open Government.

Factor 4: Fundamental Rights.

Factor 5: Order and Security.

Factor 6: Regulatory Enforcement.

Factor 7: Civil Justice.

Factor 8: Criminal Justice.

Factor 9: Informal Justice.

It also discusses the importance of the rule of law in everyday life.

The full report is at:

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