World Justice Project
Washington D.C.

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Basic Information

Organization Name:
World Justice Project
Organization Regions:
  • Global
  • Organization Country Location:
    United States
  • Organization City/Locality:
    Washington D.C.
Operating Languages:
  • English
  • Spanish
Organization mission and work description:

The World Justice Project® (WJP) is an independent, multidisciplinary organization working create knowledge, build awareness, and stimulate action to advance the rule of law worldwide. Effective rule of law reduces corruption, combats poverty and disease, and protects people from injustices large and small. It is the foundation for communities of justice, opportunity, and peace—underpinning development, accountable government, and respect for fundamental rights. Traditionally, the rule of law has been viewed as the domain of lawyers and judges. But everyday issues of safety, rights, justice, and governance affect us all; everyone is a stakeholder in the rule of law. Based on this, WJP pursues a multidisciplinary approach to advancing the rule of law. Founded by William H. Neukom in 2006 as a presidential initiative of the American Bar Association (ABA), and with the initial support of 21 other strategic partners, the World Justice Project transitioned into an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 2009. Its offices are located in Washington DC, Seattle, Singapore, and Mexico City.

Organization's Contacts

  • Primary Contact Name:
    Lauren Kitz
  • Primary Contact Title:
    Director of Engagement
Additional Contacts Names:
  • Additional representative #1:
    Kirssy Gonzalez - Senior Program Associate
  • Additional representative #2:
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Organization's Work & Expertise

Organization's SGD16 Expertise:
  • 16.3 - Promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all
Organization's Areas of Expertise:
  • Global/UN Engagement & Advocacy
  • Accountability for the 2030 Agenda
  • SDG Data and Indicators

Current Commitment to SDG16+

Summary of commitment:

The World Justice Project (WJP) commits to publishing guidance on designing people-centered and evidence-based justice strategies. WJP will also publish a policy brief on solutions for strengthening access to justice in the Sahel, and profile finalists in the “access to justice” category of the 2021 World Justice Challenge.

Organization's priorities and work in relation to commitment:

The World Justice Project (WJP) is an independent, multidisciplinary organization committed to create knowledge, build awareness, and stimulate action to advance the rule of law worldwide. A key component of this work is advancing access to justice. WJP’s access to justice agenda entails producing: 1) data on the status of access to justice to inform conversations about unmet justice needs around the world; 2) new research to make the case that access to justice matters for human and economic development and identify effective interventions; and 3) guidelines on how to collect, analyze, and use data on access to justice. Through this work, WJP seeks to facilitate governments, donors, and civil society mobilizing resources and implementing impactful justice interventions, as well as collecting and using data to inform justice programs and policies. WJP’s commitments feed into this theory of change in a number of ways. WJP’s commitment to publishing guidance for decisionmakers and practitioners on designing people-centered and evidence-based justice strategies in their countries will include data analysis on the state of access to justice, as well as guidance on collecting and using data for designing people-centered justice strategies. The policy brief outlining solutions for strengthening access to justice in the Sahel and the profile of 2021 World Justice Challenge finalists will showcase good practices and high-impact projects and policies that protect and advance access to justice and the rule of law. These commitments and WJP’s broader access to justice agenda builds on WJP’s global legal needs survey in 101 countries; a justice gap assessment estimating that 5.1 billion people have unmet justice needs; a white paper on the business case for investment in access to justice, co-produced with the OECD; technical support for the 16.3.3 SDG indicator on access to civil justice, adopted in March 2020; and a series of convenings on civil justice measurement strategies.

Organization's work related to TAP network's SGD16+ work & accountability for 2030 Agenda:

The World Justice Project's mission of strengthening and promoting the rule of law is directly linked to SDG 16.3. Through its events, partnerships and research, WJP organizes campaigns and drives actions on SDG16+ through its global network.

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Voices of SDG 16+: Stories of Global Action

Reports on Organization's Past Commitments

The World Justice Project, in partnership with the OECD and UNDP worked to propose an additional indicator for Target 16.3 of the SDGs, focusing on measuring whether people who have civil legal problems can obtain legal advice, assistance, or representation, and ultimately resolve their problems. This indicator was adopted as an official measure for SDG 16.3.3 in 2019.