2 June 2015

Liberia Ranks 83 of 102 Nations in Rule of Law Performance

Washington, DC — The World Justice Project (WJP) today released the WJP Rule of Law Index 2015, an annual report that measures how the rule of law is experienced by the general public in 102 countries worldwide. According to the Index, Liberia's overall rule of law performance places it at 11th out of 18 countries in the Sub-Saharan Africa region, 6th out of 15 among low income countries, and 83th out of 102 countries worldwide.

The top overall performer in the WJP Rule of Law Index 2015 was Denmark; the bottom performer was Venezuela. In the Sub-Saharan Africa region, the top performer was Botswana; the bottom performer was Zimbabwe.

The Index measures how the rule of law is experienced in everyday life for 102 countries worldwide, with scores and rankings across eight categories: Constraints on Government Powers, Absence of Corruption, Open Government, Fundamental Rights, Order and Security, Regulatory Enforcement, Civil Justice, and Criminal Justice. Please let me know if I should send this information to another colleague.

This year, the top three overall performers in the WJP Rule of Law Index 2015 out of 102 countries are Denmark (1), Norway (2), and Sweden (3); the bottom three are Zimbabwe (100), Afghanistan (101), and Venezuela (102).

More information can be found in our press release below

The Index relies on over 100,000 household and 2,400 expert surveys to measure how the rule of law is experienced in practical, everyday situations by ordinary people around the world. Performance is assessed using 47 indicators across eight categories, each of which is scored and ranked globally and against regional and income peers: Constraints on Government Powers, Absence of Corruption, Open Government, Fundamental Rights, Order and Security, Regulatory Enforcement, Civil Justice, and Criminal Justice.

"Effective rule of law helps reduce corruption, alleviate poverty, improve public health and education, and protect people from the injustices and dangers large and small," said William H. Neukom, WJP Founder and CEO. "Wherever we come from, the rule of law can always be strengthened."

The WJP Rule of Law Index is the most comprehensive index of its kind and the only to rely solely on primary data. The Index's scores are built from the assessments of local residents (1,000 respondents per country) and local legal experts, which ensure that the findings reflect the conditions experienced by the population, including marginalized sectors of society. Features of the 2015 Index include: Countries measured in the Sub-Saharan Africa region: Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

The World Justice Project® (WJP) is an independent, multidisciplinary organization working to advance the rule of law around the world. Effective rule of law reduces corruption, combats poverty and disease, and protects people from injustices large and small. It is the foundation for communities of peace, opportunity, and equity--underpinning development, accountable government, and respect for fundamental rights.

The World Justice Project engages citizens and leaders from across the globe and from multiple work disciplines to advance the rule of law. Through our mutually-reinforcing programs of Research and Scholarship, the WJP Rule of Law Index, and Engagement, WJP seeks to increase public awareness about the foundational importance of the rule of law, stimulate policy reforms, and develop practical, on-the-ground programs.

The delegation informed Vice President Boakai that they have been following developments in the Country especially his recent visit to Lofa County, where he was petitioned by the people of that County to compete in the race for the presidency come 2017.

'We heard the news from the Lofa", the delegation speaking through the Paramount Chief told the Vice President and we are therefore inviting you to Salala District. In his response, Vice President Boakai said, he was pleased to be invited by the people of the District of Salala, a release from the Office of the Vice President Said.

It can be recalled that Vice President Boakai served as Minister of Agriculture at which time he worked in Bong, Lofa and Nimba Counties, overseeing a massive agricultural development program sponsored by the World Bank in the early eighties and is familiar, well known and respected in all of the Districts in the three Counties.

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