Measuring the Rule of Law

120 Pages Posted: 1 Dec 2011

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Juan Carlos Botero

Pontifica Universidad Javeriana Law School

Alejandro Ponce

The World Justice Project

Date Written: November 30, 2011


This paper describes the methodology used to build the WJP Rule of Law Index – a new quantitative assessment tool designed to offer a comprehensive picture of the extent to which countries adhere to the rule of law in practice. The WJP Rule of Law Index provides new data on nine dimensions of the rule of law − limited government powers; absence of corruption; order and security; fundamental rights; open government; regulatory enforcement; access to civil justice; effective criminal justice; and informal justice − and is compiled from original surveys of the general public and local legal experts. The paper also presents estimates for an initial group of 66 countries.

Keywords: Rule of law, Rule of Law Index, indicators, governance, global, World Justice Project, government accountability, corruption, order and security, fundamental rights, open government, access to justice

JEL Classification: C43, H0, K0, K1, K2, K3, K4, P37, P48

Suggested Citation

Botero, Juan Carlos and Ponce, Alejandro, Measuring the Rule of Law (November 30, 2011). Available at SSRN: or

Juan Carlos Botero

Pontifica Universidad Javeriana Law School ( email )

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Alejandro Ponce (Contact Author)

The World Justice Project ( email )

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Washington, DC 20005
United States


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