Rule of Law Index

The World Justice Forum meeting in Vienna, Austria has just released the Rule of Law Index. The Index uses numerical indicators to gauge the strength of rule of law in 35 countries, including developed and developing countries.

Here are the 4 broad criteria , with sub-categories, used to create the scores  for each country. It includes compliance with international law.

1. Accountable Government

Government powers limited by constitution

Governmental and non‐governmental checks

Accountable government officials and agents

Accountable military, police, and prison officials

Compliance with international law

 

2. Publicized and stable laws that protect fundamental rights

Laws are clear, publicized and stable

Laws protect fundamental rights

Laws protect security of the person

Laws protect security of property

3. Accessible, fair, and efficient process

Accessible process

Fair and efficient administration

 

4. Access to Justice

Impartial and accountable judicial system  

Efficient, accessible and effective judicial system

Competent and independent attorneys or representatives

Fair and efficient alternative dispute resolution

Rule of Law Index 2009

http://www.abajournal.com/files/WJP_RuleOfLawIndex.pdf

UNCTAD E-Regulations Business Facilitation site

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development maintains a useful site for information on starting and registering businesses in developing countries. Information is provided on what documents are needed, approximate time required and estimated costs. Information also provided on authenticating documents, setting up non-profits and purchasing real estate. The countries currently covered are Colombia, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Mali, Nicaragua, and Vietnam. 

UNCTAD E-Regulations Business Facilitation site

http://www.businessfacilitation.org/en/country-projects.html