Georgia tops region in Rule of Law Index

Georgia ranked first in the region and 31st of 99 surveyed countries according to WJP., 07 Mar 2014 - 18:39, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgia has ranked top in the region and in the world’s top third in an international report measuring rule of law performance.

More than 100,000 households across the globe were surveyed by the World Justice Project (WJP) and ranked in the Rule of Law Index 2014, which was released today.

Georgia ranked first in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region and 31st of 99 surveyed countries.

The Rule of Law Index assessed the current situation of rule of law in countries around the world.

The survey, which used 47 indicators, saw Georgia gain the score of 0.6, where 0 was the best and 1 was the worst in terms of rule of law.

Russia was ranked lowest in the region (13th) and gained 80th place worldwide with an index score of 0.45.

Denmark topped the Western Europe and North American region, Uruguay was the leader of the South American and Caribbean countries, New Zealand was number one in the Eastern Asia and Oceania region, Sri Lanka topped South Asia and the United Arab Emirates were leaders I the Middle East and North Africa area.

The WJP is an independent, non-profit organization that seeks to measure the practice of rule of law in the countries around the world.

The Rule of Law Index relies on over 100,000 household and 2,400 expert surveys to measure adherence to the rule of law. It is the most comprehensive index of its kind and the only one to rely solely on primary data.

Adherence is assessed using 47 indicators organized around eight themes: constraints on government powers, absence of corruption, open government, fundamental rights, order and security, regulatory enforcement, civil justice, and criminal justice, stated the WJP website.