The making of a Rule of Law Index

The making of a Rule of Law Index 16 December 2011

Juan Botero and Alejandro Ponce, the bright minds behind this project, share their experiences. On the Innovating Justice Forum, they reflect on what made their innovation succesful and what other innovators can learn from them. 

A detailed analysis of the state of the rule of law in 63 countries, covering 97% of the world population, based on the views of citizens and experts. It is one of the most impressive achievements in the justice sector ever. Juan Botero and Alejandro Ponce, the bright minds behind this project, share how they got to this point.

What triggered the development of the Index? “Many people and organizations work hard to contribute to elements of the rule of law. But they all work at a court, a procedure, a piece of legislation. What is the joint effect of their actions on people? That is what we need to know.” Summing up their experiences, the people that inspired them and the resistance they encountered, they recommend other innovators: “Stick to a process and do it very well. Work on it for years to improve it. Try new things, do what is needed, move to the next thing that is an improvement. And go out of the legal sector. Mainstream innovations by engaging other professions.”

Read the more extensive version at the Innovating Justice Forum.

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