International Rule of Law Statistics 1 of 2

The World Justice Project report indicates that the United States is far behind other modern nations like Sweden and the Netherlands in maintaining a relevant and applicable rule of law among its government, the public, and other nongovernmental influences.

Color Coding Key:

GREEN: Countries ranking first or second in statistic
RED: Countries ranking last or second to last in statistic

  Limited Government Absence of Corruption Order and Security Fundamental Rights Open Govenment Regulatory enforcement Civil justice Criminal justice
Australia 0.88 0.90 0.86 0.84 0.84 0.83 0.72 0.72
Canada 0.73 0.81 0.88 0.78 0.84 0.79 0.72 0.75
Denmark 0.93 0.95 0.91 0.91 0.82 0.85 0.79 0.87
France 0.80 0.80 0.84 0.79 0.75 0.76 0.68 0.69
Germany 0.82 0.82 0.86 0.80 0.73 0.73 0.80 0.76
Italy 0.67 0.62 0.76 0.72 0.49 0.56 0.56 0.67
Japan 0.80 0.84 0.89 0.78 0.82 0.87 0.77 0.68
Netherlands 0.86 0.93 0.86 0.84 0.90 0.83 0.80 0.80
Norway 0.90 0.94 0.87 0.90 0.84 0.83 0.82 0.85
Sweden 0.92 0.94 0.89 0.93 0.93 0.89 0.78 0.82
United Kingdom 0.79 0.82 0.84 0.78 0.78 0.79 0.72 0.75
United States 0.70 0.77 0.83 0.73 0.77 0.70 0.65 0.65

Source:

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Rule of Law Index, 2012-13

Factors:

Limited Government

Constitutional and institutional limitations to and accountability of government.Includes non-governmetnal checks such as free press and media.

Absence of Corruption

Three forms of corruption: "bribery, improper influence by public or private interests, and misappropriation of public funds or other resources" in executive, legislative, and judicial branches.

Order and Security

Absence of crime, political violence, and violence as a socially acceptable means to redress grievances.

Fundamental Rights

Laws that "ensure equal protection; freedom of thought, religion, and expression; freedom of association...; the prohibition of forced and child labor; the right to privacy and religion; the rights of the accused; and the retroactive application of the criminal laws."

Open Government

Availability of government proceedings, laws, and other requested information to the public.

Regulatory Enforcement

Implementation of laws and regulations with consistency and limits on "improper influence."

Civil Justice

Ability to afford and receive "effective, impartial" justice.

Criminal Justice

Domestic criminal justice system's impartiality for, rights of, and accessibility to the country's justice system for the accused and the victims while limiting corruption.

Note:

The Rule of Law Index does not give one overall score as the term "index" might indicate; rather, it is based on the 9 factors described, above.