The US-based World Justice Project (WJP) on 2 June 2015 released the Rule of Law Index 2015. The 2015 index, fifth in the series, provides data on how the rule of law is experienced in 102 countries around the globe.
The index has been topped by Denmark followed by Norway, Sweden and Finland at second, third and fourth place respectively. All the four countries have score above 0.85.
On the other hand, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and Venezuela are placed at bottom of the index with 100, 101 and 102 rank respectively. All these countries have score of less than 0.37.
India with a score of 0.51 has been placed at 59th position and is ranked at third place out of six countries in the South Asian region.
Main highlights of the Rule of Law Index 2015
Position of India in the Index
About Rule of Law Index 2015
The Index is based on survey of over a 1000 respondents from three big cities, along with local legal experts, in each country. The data, collected in 2013, measures how the rule of law is experienced in practical, everyday situations using 47 indicators across eight categories.
These eight categories are: constraints on government powers, absence of corruption, open government, fundamental rights, order and security, regulatory enforcement, civil justice, and criminal justice.
The index ranks countries on a scale of 0 to 1 (with 1 indicating strongest adherence to the Rule of Law).
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