Ethiopia’s overall rule of law performance places it at 16 out of 18 countries in the Sub-Saharan Africa region, 10th out of 12 low income countries and 107th out of 113 countries, a report by the World Justice Project (WJP) claims.
The WJP Rule of Law Index 2016 states that Ethiopia has declined from previous positions in 2015 primarily due to a downturn in the area of Order and Security. The report measures how the rule of law is experienced by the general public worldwide.
The performance of the countries are assessed on eight themes: constraints on government power, absence of corruption, open government, fundamental rights, order and security, regulatory enforcement, civil justice and criminal justice.
In the Sub-Saharan region the top performer is South Africa with a global ranking of 43 while the lowest performing country is Cameroon with a global ranking of 109th place.
Looking at the global rankings, Denmark comes in at the top as the most well to do country and Valenzuela comes in at the bottom as the worst.
The top three overall performers in the WJP Rule of Law Index 2016 were Denmark, Norway, and Finland consecutively; the bottom three were Afghanistan at 111th, Cambodia 112th, and Venezuela at 113th place.
“Effective rule of law is the foundation for communities of peace, equity, and opportunity. No country has ever attained, let alone sustained, a perfect realization of the rule of law. The WJP Rule of Law Index is intended to be a first step in setting benchmarks, informing and guiding reforms, and deepening appreciation and understanding for the foundational importance of the rule of law,” William H. Neukom, WJP Founder and CEO stated.
Countries that are measured in the Sub-Saharan region are: Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Those listed in the low income countries section include: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Nepal, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe.