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Australia in World’s Top Ten Nations for Rule of Law


Australia has been named as one of the world’s best nations for the rule of law, according to new rankings.

Compiled by the World Justice Project, the newly released Rule of Law Index examines how the rule of law is experienced around the world. The 2014 Index surveyed 100,000 households and 2,400 experts in relation to eight key factors: limits on government powers, absence of corruption, order and security, fundamental rights, open government, regulatory enforcement, civil justice, and criminal justice.

Australia ranked eighth in the world and performed well across all categories, although the report highlighted room for improvement in areas such as the accessibility and affordability of civil justice, and the removal of discrimination in both the civil and criminal justice systems.

This year’s Index compared 99 countries, with Scandinavia topping the list:

  1. Denmark

  2. Norway

  3. Sweden

  4. Finland

  5. Netherlands

  6. New Zealand

  7. Austria

  8. Australia

  9. Germany

  10. Singapore

Visit the World Justice Project website for the complete rankings and country profiles.

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