The United States lags significantly behind other developed countries in its adherence to international rule of law principles, according to a study released today by the World Justice Project.The group’s Rule of Law Index (PDF), covering 35 nations, is thought to be the most comprehensive international survey of its kind ever produced.The study scored the United States’ compliance with international law at 0.39 on a scale of zero to one—well behind the 0.66 average score for 10 other high-income countries in North America, Western Europe and Asia.The U.S. outpaced those countries on how accessible its justice process is (0.72 vs. 0.68) and its laws that protect the security of property (0.87 vs. 0.85). On a dozen other measures of adherence to the rule of law, the U.S. trailed the other high-income countries, but only slightly.The Rule of Law Index is the first survey “we’re aware of that measures adherence to the rule of law in a detailed and comprehensive way,” said Mark D. Agrast of Washington, D.C., who chairs the Rule of Law Index Team for the World Justice Project, in an interview with the ABA Journal. Information collected in each of the 35 countries covered by the index “tells… Read full this story
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