Rule of Law Index 2017-18: Pakistan Ranked Among 10 Worst Countries

As per the World Justice Project’s (WJP) Rule of Law Index for the year 2017-18, Pakistan has been ranked among 10 worst countries being ranked at 105 out of 113. According to the seventh WJP, Venezuela is ranked the lowest on the list with the overall score of 0.29. Three Asian countries are included in bottom ten: Pakistan standing at 105, Afghanistan at 111 and Cambodia at 112.

WJP’s Rule of Law Index is an annual report which evaluates and ranks more than 100 countries on the basis of adherence to the law. The countries are assessed on the following 8 factors:

  • Regulatory Enforcement
  • Order and Security
  • Civil Justice
  • Criminal Justice
  • Constraints on Government Powers
  • Absence of Corruption
  • Open Government
  • Fundamental Rights

Each of these determinants has further 3-8 contributing factors and are individually ranked and then the cumulative score is obtained. Then a final score is generated on a scale from 0 to 1, with 1 depicting strongest rule of law while zero depicting no adherence to the law.

European countries have the most impressive stats as top six spots are bagged by European nations. Here are the top 10 countries with their scores:

  1. Denmark (0.89)
  2. Norway (0.89)
  3. Finland (0.87)
  4. Sweden (0.86)
  5. Netherlands (0.85)
  6. Germany (0.83)
  7. New Zealand (0.81)
  8. Austria (0.81)
  9. Canada (0.81)
  10. Australia (0.81)Pakistan was ranked 5th among 6 Asian countries with only Afghanistan lagging behind. Pakistan earned the best score for ‘Constraint of Government Power’ while the worst for ‘Order and Security’.

Here are the ranks for individual factors for Pakistan:

  • Open Government – 80
  • Fundamental Rights – 100
  • Order and Security – 113
  • Regulatory Enforcement – 105
  • Civil Justice – 107
  • Criminal Justice – 81
  • Constraints on Government Powers – 66
  • Absence of Corruption – 99What are your views on this? Share with us in the comments below.
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