The World Justice Project made its global public debut at the World Justice Forum, July 2-5, 2008 in Vienna, Austria. The Forum brought together 450 governmental and non-governmental leaders from 83 nations and sixteen disciplines. In plenary sessions and small breakout groups, Forum participants articulated how the rule of law affects their regions and disciplines and developed program plans to strengthen the rule of law.
At the Forum, the WJP announced the formation of its new Opportunity Fund, which will provide grants to selected programs proposed by Forum participants that advance the rule of law through multidisciplinary collaboration.
The Forum built on a year and a half’s prior achievements by the World Justice Project (WJP):
The WJP utilizes international outreach meetings to “mainstream” rule of law advancement into the work of disciplines around the world, including such disciplines as architecture, engineering, environment, public health and public safety.
WJP-sponsored scholarship led by prominent scholars from the fields of economics, law, and political science examines why and how the rule of law matters to thriving communities.
A new, comprehensive Rule of Law Index measures countries' adherence to the rule of law and identifies areas where a country's rule of law is weak.
Four universal principles comprise the rule of law for purposes of the WJP: