Databases

Various resources which lead to a wide range of databases and resource centers that contain rue of law and/or closesly related materials:

  • The World Justice Project's Rule of Law Index
    "The Rule of Law Index is a new quantitative assessment tool designed by the World Justice Project to measure the extent to which countries around the world adhere to the Rule of Law. The Index provides detailed information regarding a variety of dimensions of the Rule of Law, which enables policymakers and other users to assess a nation’s adherence to the Rule of Law in practice, identify a nation’s strengths and weaknesses in comparison to similarly situated countries, and track changes over time."
     
  • Presentation by William Hubbard on the Rule of Law in the Americas, Text of Speech
    William Hubbard is the Chairman of the Board of Directors at The World Justice Project and gave this presentation at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Assocaition of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America's "Forecast on Latin America and the Carribean" Conferance in Washington, D.C on October 4th, 2010.
     
  • Freedom House's Country at the Crossroads
    "Countries at the Crossroads is an annual survey of government performance in 70 strategically important countries worldwide that are at a critical crossroads in determining their political future. The in-depth comparative analyses and quantitative ratings – examining government accountability, civil liberties, rule of law, anticorruption efforts and transparency – are intended to help international policymakers identify areas of progress, as well as to highlight areas of concern that could be addressed in diplomatic efforts and reform assistance."
     
  • Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index
    "The Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) measures the perceived level of public-sector corruption in 180 countries and territories around the world. The CPI is a 'survey of surveys', based on 13 different expert and business surveys."
     
  • Transparency International's Global Corruption Barometer
    "The Global Corruption Barometer is a survey that assesses general public attitudes toward and experience of corruption in dozens of countries around the world."
     
  • The Fraser Institutes's Economic Freedom of the World
    "The index published in Economic Freedom of the World (EFW) is designed to measure the consistency of a nation’s institutions and policies with economic freedom. Put simply, institutions and policies are consistent with economic freedom when they provide an infrastructure for voluntary exchange and protect individuals and their property from aggressors. The rankings is out of 130 nations."
     
  • The Heritage Foundation's Index of Economic Freedom
    "The Index of Economic Freedom covers 183 countries around the world, ranking 179 of them with an economic freedom score based on 10 measures of economic openness, regulatory efficiency, the rule of law, and competitiveness. The basic principles of economic freedom emphasized in the Index are individual empowerment, equitable treatment, and the promotion of competition."
     
  • The World Bank's Doing Business Report
    "The Doing Business project provides objective measures of business regulations and their enforcement across 183 economies and selected cities at the sub-national and regional level. Economies are ranked on their ease of doing business, from 1 – 183, with first place being the best."
     
  • Global Integrity Report
    "The Global Integrity Report assesses the strengths and weaknesses of national-level anti-corruption systems. Combining journalism with quantitative data gathering, the Report's country assessments are prepared by local teams of in-country journalists, academics, and researchers."
     
  • The World Bank's Governance Matters
    "The Worldwide Governance Indicators (WGI) project reports aggregate and individual governance indicators for 212 countries and territories over the period 1996–2008, for six dimensions of governance: Voice and Accountability, Political Stability and Absence of Violence, Government Effectiveness, Regulatory Quality, Rule of Law, and Control of Corruption."
     
  • A Speech, “A Role for Business in Rule of Law,"  by Patrick Kilbride to the American Chamber of Commerce in El Salvador
    Patrick Kilbride is the Executive Vice President of the Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America and the Senior Director of the Americas Department at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. His speech, “A Role for Business in Rule of Law,” was delivered to the Chamber of Commerce in El Salvador on August 26th, 2010 during his trip to Central America.
     
  • Part One of The Conversation Behind Closed Doors – Inside the Boardroom: How Corporate America Really Views Africa
    "Part one, The Corporate Conversation, is an inside-the-boardroom survey of attitudes toward corporate investment in Africa among leading U.S. corporations. The information was gathered during a series of behind closed door interviews. All interviews took place from January to November 2008 and were conducted in person by senior associates of Baird’s CMC. This document presents the findings of part one."
     
  • The Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America's Annual Member Survey Findings: Policy Objective Question
    "The Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America, an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, conducted a survey of its 23 member American Chambers of Commerce (AmChams), which represent over 80% of U.S. investment in Latin America and the Caribbean. More than 900 respondents from 22 countries participated in the survey."
     
  • USAID's Achievements in Building and Maintaining the Rule of Law
    "This publication is a summary of regional syntheses produced by USAID’s Office of Democracy and Governance. These syntheses look at achievements in the rule of law arena across Africa, Asia and the Near East, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Europe and Eurasia during the 1990s."