Rule of Law index


The World Justice Project conducts an annual rule of law index study which measures how the rule of law is experienced and perceived by the general public across the world. This provides information on how the UK compares to other countries. The UKs global ranking is shown below, for each year that the study has been conducted.

Denmark has the highest adherence to the rule of law of any country (of the 126 that took part in the survey) and there is little change in the top five countries over time. Some key things to note are: 

–  The UKs overall RoLI score has improved (from 0.78 in 2014 to 0.8 in 2019) but other countries have improved more over the same period (for example Estonia has risen from 0.76 to 0.81). 
– Comparing 2012/13 to 2019, the three biggest increases in the UK have come from the following factors:

  1. Freedom of assembly and association is effectively guaranteed (up 10 points)
  2. Government regulations are applied and enforced without improper influence (up 10 points)
  3. Civil justice is not subject to unreasonable delays (up 9 points)

– Comparing 2012/13 to 2019, the three biggest decreases in the UK have come from the following factors:

  1. People can access and afford civil justice (down 13 points)
  2. Criminal investigation system is effective (down 10 points)
  3. Civil justice is free of discrimination (down 9 points)

For more information please visit the World Justice Project website.

For context and discussion please see Section C of our 2016 Market Evaluation. 

Last updated on 25th March 2019
Next update January 2020