1st February 2018

WJP Rule of Law Index 2017: Czech Republic lands in the group of countries with declining rule of law

The Czech Republic ranked 17th globally, 12th regionally in the World Justice Project Rule of Law Index 2017, the same results as in 2016. The country landed in the group of countries with Declining Rule of Law, still, it gained above median scores. 

The top three overall performers in the 2017-2018 WJP Rule of Law Index were Denmark (1), Norway (2), and Finland (3); the bottom three were Afghanistan (111), Cambodia (112), and Venezuela (113). The top three and bottom three performing countries have not changed since the 2016 Index.















In 2017, the Czech Republic reached globally:

  • Rank 9 (16 in 2016): Criminal Justice -  delivery of criminal justice
  • Rank 10 (same as in 2016): Order & Security - how well a society assures the security of persons and property
  • Rank 14 (11 in 2016): Fundamental Rights - how well protected, selected menu of rights under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that are most closely related to rule of law concerns
  • Rank 19 (18 in 2016): Civil Justice -  whether ordinary people can resolve their grievances peacefully and effectively through the civil justice system; whether civil justice systems are accessible; affordable; and free of discrimination, corruption,and improper influence by public officials; whether court proceedings are conducted without unreasonable delays, and if decisions are enforced effectively
  • Rank 20 (19 in 2016): Constraints of Government Power - constitutional, institutional and non-governmental (e.g. free press) checks of power
  • Rank 22 (same as in 2016): Regulatory Enforcement -  the extent to which regulations are fairly and effectively implemented and enforced
  • Rank 25 (20 in 2016): Open Government -  the extent to which a government shares information, empowers people with tools to hold the government accountable, and fosters citizen participation in public policy deliberations
  • Rank 34: Absence of Corruption in Government (30 in 2016) -  bribery, improper influence by public or private interests, and misappropriation of public funds or other resources  with respect to government officers in the executive branch, the judiciary, the military, police, and the legislature

Source: WJP Rule of Law Index 2017

Details about 2016 results.


The WJP Rule of Law Index® measures rule of law adherence in 113 countries and jurisdictions worldwide based on more than 110,000 household and 3,000 expert surveys. Featuring primary data, the WJP Rule of Law Index measures countries’ rule of law performance across eight factors: Constraints on Government Powers, Absence of Corruption, Open Government, Fundamental Rights, Order and Security, Regulatory Enforcement, Civil Justice, and Criminal Justice.

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