24th October 2016

WIP Rule of Law Index: Czech Rep has best scores for order, security, worst for corruption, ranks 12th regionally

The 2016 edition of the Rule of Law Index, produced by the World Justice Project, expands coverage to 113 countries and jurisdictions (from 102 in 2015), relying on more than 100,000 household and expert surveys to measure how the rule of law is experienced in practical, everyday situations by the general public worldwide. Performance is measured using 44 indicators across eight primary rule of law factors, each of which is scored and ranked globally and against regional and income peers: Constraints on Government Powers, Absence of Corruption, Open Government, Fundamental Rights, Order and Security, Regulatory Enforcement, Civil Justice, and Criminal Justice.

The Czech Republic ranks 17th globally (out of 113 countries assessed), and 12th regionally (out of 24 countries in the region). The country received the best scores for categories Order and Security, Civil justice, and Criminal justice; still, ranks no better than 10th regionally.

Ranking in specific categories: Constraints on Government Powers (19th out of 113 countries), Absence of Corruption (30th/113), Open Government (20th/113), Fundamental Rights (11th/113), Order and Security (10th/113), Regulatory Enforcement (22nd/113), Civil Justice (18th/113), and Criminal Justice (16th/113).

Sanctions for official misconduct, corruption in the legislature, improper influence, unreasonable delay are among challenges, whereas the country gets positive assessment for absence of violent redress, no discrimination, due process of law or freedom of religion, for example. 

Details in Czech are available here.

Members of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic