The first issue of the WJP Rule of Law Index™ Report was released on 14 October 14 2010 © Sergio Roberto Bichara
Assessing the robustness of the Rule of Law Index™
The JRC's Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC) has carried out an independent assessment of the Rule of Law Index™ 2010 produced by the World Justice Project (WJP). The Rule of Law Index™ is a thematic composite indicator that aims to gauge nations’ efforts in delivering the rule of law to their citizens in 35 countries world wide.
The JRC's analysis, which was based on the recommendations of the OECD (2008) Handbook on Composite Indicators, suggests that the WJP Rule of Law Index™ is statistically and conceptually coherent and that almost all dimensions are well balanced in their underlying components. This analysis spanned different iterations, since this cooperation started in 2009. In the present version of the indices, country classifications are fairly robust to methodological changes on the estimation of missing data, weighting or aggregation rule.
The WJP Rule of Law Index™ 2010 Report, the first of an annual series, was released on 14 October 14 2010 at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. The conceptual framework for the WJP Rule of Law Index™ is based on survey data from 35,000 people and over 900 experts in 35 countries, including seven EU countries (Austria, France, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Bulgaria and Poland). Ten indices are considered:
- Limited Government Powers
- Absence of Corruption
- Clear, Publicized and Stable Laws
- Order and Security
- Fundamental Rights
- Open Government
- Regulatory Enforcement
- Access to Civil Justice
- Effective Criminal Justice
- Informal Justice (in progress)