Malta ranks 30th out of 140 in Rule of Law Index
Malta’s overall rule of law score fell by less than 1% in this year’s WJP Rule Of Law Index, ranking 30th out of 140 countries worldwide.
Regionally, Malta ranks 22nd out of 31 countries in the European Union, European Free Trade Association and North America. The best performing country in the region is Denmark (ranked 1st out of 140 globally), followed by Norway and Finland. The three countries with the lowest scores in the region are Croatia, Bulgaria and Hungary (73rd globally).
Over the past year, 13 of 31 countries have declined in the European Union, European Free Trade Association and North America. Of these 13 countries, four had also fallen the previous year.
Among high-income countries, Malta ranks 29th out of 43.
|Factor||Overall Rank||Regional Rank||Income Rank|
|Constraints on government powers||38/140||25/31||33/43|
|Absence of corruption||29/140||20/31||29/43|
|Command and security||7/140||5/31||7/43|
|Application of regulations||44/140||26/31||38/43|
For the fifth consecutive year, the rule of law has declined globally, according to the 2022 Rule of Law Index by the World Justice Project (WJP).
Original data from the World Justice Project in 140 countries and jurisdictions shows that respect for the rule of law has fallen in 61% of countries this year, including Malta.
Globally, 4.4 billion people live in countries where the rule of law has declined over the past year. “We are coming out of the pandemic, but the global rule of law recession continues,” said Elizabeth Andersen, executive director of the World Justice Project (WJP). “At its heart, the rule of law is about fairness, meaning accountability, equal rights and justice for all. And a less just world is necessarily more unstable.
The index data shows that pre-pandemic authoritarian trends — such as weaker checks on executive power and increased attacks on the media — continue to erode the rule of law around the world.
However, the declines are less widespread and extreme than last year, when COVID shutdowns significantly disrupted justice systems and governments wielded emergency powers that restricted civic freedoms and circumvented transparency mechanisms.
Globally, the top-ranked country in the WJP Rule of Law Index 2022 is Denmark, followed by Norway, Finland, Sweden and the Netherlands. The country with the lowest score is Venezuela, followed by Cambodia, Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Haiti.
The WJP Rule of Law Index draws on extensive surveys of more than 154,000 ordinary people and 3,600 legal practitioners and experts to measure the rule of law across eight factors: constraints on government powers, lack of corruption, open government, fundamental rights, order and security, regulatory enforcement, civil justice and criminal justice. The factor scores are averaged to assign an overall rule of law score to each country.