Neither Britain nor U.S. make top 10 in global rule of law rankings

Britain and the U.S. have more work to do than they might like to admit to clean out corruption and improve the rule of law, a major new study has found

by the commentator on 4 June 2015 09:38

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In news that will be sobering for countries which consider their justice systems to be the best in the world, a new study on the global rule of law has found that neither the United Kingdom nor the United States even make the top 10.

This week, the World Justice Project released its 2015 rankings for countries across the world. Britain came in at number 12, with the U.S. only just squeezing in to the top 20, at number 19 -- one place below France, and just above the Czech Republic.

The top three countries were all Scandinavian. Denmark came first, followed by Norway, and then Sweden.

Other, related, international studies offer more pause for thought to the English speaking world's two leading democracies.

Transparency International's 2014 Corruption Perceptions Index also ranked the U.K. and the U.S. outside the top 10 best performing countries. Britain came in at number 14, with America ranked at number 17.

In the World Justice Project report, the U.K. fared relatively poorly compared with countries of comparable income in the spheres of open government, constraints on government powers, and criminal justice. In the sphere of civil justice, the U.K. was marked down in terms of accessibility and affordability.

The U.S. also fared badly in terms of open government, relative to countries of a similar income level, and was similarly marked down for the accessibility and affordability of its civil justice system.

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