World Justice Project

Africa, Asia, Europe, Global, Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East, North America, SDG16.10, SDG16.2, SDG16.6
Washington, DC

About World Justice Project 

The World Justice Project® (WJP) is an independent, multidisciplinary organization working to advance the rule of law worldwide.

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.

Commitment Summary 

The World Justice Project is committed to collect, analyze and publish data on access to justice and justice needs, along with supporting the adoption of 16.3.3 indicator on access to justice and identifying and promoting best practices and successful solutions to address the justice gap.

Full Commitment

The World Justice Project is committed to collect, analyze and publish data on access to justice and justice needs, along with supporting the adoption of 16.3.3 indicator on access to justice and identifying and promoting best practices and successful solutions to address the justice gap. The World Justice Project has develop two Global Insights on Access to Justice Reports in 2017 and 2019. The 2019 edition categorizes and synthesizes data on people’s justice needs in order to assess the scale and nature of the global “justice gap” – i.e. the number of people who have at least one unmet justice need. Drawing on methodological guidance produced by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI), the WJP developed a survey module on legal needs and access to justice for inclusion in its General Population Poll, part of the WJP Rule of Law Index®, which builds on what is known in the literature as the “Paths to Justice” tradition. As part of the WJP’s household data collection cycle, this module was administered to more than 100,000 households in 101 countries between 2017 and 2018. WJP is also working with UNDP and the OECD in order 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. Finally, WJP is also committed to identifying and promoting solutions to address the justice gap. WJP launched its World Justice Challenge 2019: Access to Justice Solutions this year, with a goal of identifying the most promising projects on Access to Justice. It received 250 submissions, and 30 projects were invited to showcase their work at the World Justice Forum 2019 which took place in the Hague, Netherlands. Going forward, WJP will be expanding this effort through its Rule of Law Solutions Initiative and expanding its Resource Hub