2 June 2015

New Zealand ranks 6th of the 102 countries surveyed for the 2015 Rule of Law Index published today. This place is unchanged on the 2014 survey although there was minor deterioration in a number of the component elements. Australia slipped from 8th to 10th in the rankings.

The index is as part of the World Justice Project (WJP) (together with the Open Government Index). “It provides original, impartial data on how the rule of law is experienced by the general public in 102 countries around the globe.”

This year data from over 100,000 household and 2,400 expert surveys provides a measure how the rule of law is experienced in everyday situations around the world. Forty four indicators are grouped into eight categories:

  • Constraints on Government Powers
  • Absence of Corruption
  • Open Government
  • Fundamental Rights
  • Order and Security
  • Regulatory Enforcement
  • Civil Justice
  • Criminal Justice.

The WJP Rule of Law Index is described as the most comprehensive index of its kind  relying solely on primary data including a cross section of 1,000 respondents per country.

 2015                       Rule of Law Index                                   2014

1 Denmark   1
2 Norway 2
3 Sweden 3
4 Finland 4
5 Netherlands 5
6 New Zealand 6
7 Austria 7
8 Germany 9
9 Singapore 10
10 Australia 8
11 Korea 14
112 United Kingdom 13

The elements making up the New Zealand rank show a deterioration in four of the elements, an improvement in one and no change in the other three.

New Zealand  ranking on Rule of Law Elements                                      2015                     2014

Constraints on Government Powers 8 4
Absence of Corruption 6 3
Open Government 2 2
Fundamental Rights 9 7
Order and Security 15 11
Regulatory Enforcement 5 5
Civil Justice 9 9
Criminal Justice 8 12

http://data.worldjusticeproject.org/

https://integritytalkingpoints.com/2012/12/03/new-zealand-standards-slipping-in-rule-of-law-survey/

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