The World Justice Challenge 2021: Advancing the Rule of Law in a Time of Crisis

Date/Deadline: 11 Dec, 2020

The World Justice Challenge 2021: Advancing the Rule of Law in a Time of Crisis is a global competition to identify, recognise, and promote good practices and high-impact projects and policies that protect and advance the rule of law in this time of unprecedented crisis.

The COVID-19 pandemic strikes in the midst of a global rule of law crisis in which respect for key principles of good governance has been eroding in many countries for a number of years. These twin crises of public health and rule of law make this pandemic particularly dangerous.

Identifying and promoting good practices and promising approaches are essential to addressing the crisis’ underlying governance challenges, supporting an effective recovery process, and building back better rule of law based societies.

– The World Justice Challenge 2021: Advancing the Rule of Law in a Time of Crisis seeks to further these efforts.
– Cash awards ($20,000 USD) will go to six projects that show demonstrable results and promising prospects for future progress, replication, and scaling.
– Finalist projects will be profiled on the WJP website and showcased in virtual regional presentations.
– Five winners will be chosen by a committee of experienced judges.
– One winner will be selected by popular vote by WJP’s network for its inspiration and impact.

The Challenge
To protect the rule of law from urgent threats generated by the global COVID-19 pandemic, and to recover and rebuild the rule of law over the long term.

The Goal
To support and accelerate the dissemination of high-quality rule of law projects and policies, and encourage their uptake by policymakers and rule of law stakeholders.

Themes
• Projects addressing the following rule of law themes are eligible to apply:
• Access to Justice for All
• Accountable Governance
• Anti-Corruption and Open Government
• Fundamental Rights and Non-Discrimination

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