The 2017-2018 Rule of Law Index released today by the World Justice Project measures rule of law adherence in 113 countries based on more than 110,000 household and 3,000 expert surveys.
It measures countries’ rule of law performance across eight factors including constraints on government powers, absence of corruption, open government, fundamental rights, order and security, regulatory enforcement, civil justice, and criminal justice. Guyana ranks at number 20 out of 30 countries in the Latin America and Caribbean region, and came in at 25 out of 36 among upper-middle income countries. The top three overall performers were Denmark, Norway and Finland with the bottom three being Afghanistan, Cambodia and Venezuela. Latin America and the Caribbean’s top performer in the Index is Uruguay at 22 out of 113 countries, followed by Costa Rica and Chile. Suriname showed the biggest fall in rankings, moving down 10 places to 69 out of 113 indexed countries worldwide.