Top 10 African Countries And Their Rule of Law Ranking, 2018

According to World Justice Project(WJP), – an independent, multidisciplinary organization working to advance the rule of law around the world – Ghana leads the rule of law ranking in Africa. i.e Ghana has the most effective rule of law in Africa.

The World Justice Project believes that Effective rule of law reduces corruption, combats poverty and disease, and protects people from injustices large and small. It is the foundation for communities of peace, opportunity, and equity—underpinning development, accountable government, and respect for fundamental rights.

Top 10 African Countries And Their Rule of Law Ranking

The recently released index is based on more than 110‚000 households and 3‚000 expert surveys. It looks at eight factors‚ including constraints on government powers‚ absence of corruption‚ fundamental rights‚ order and security‚ regulatory enforcement as well as civil and criminal justice.

The top three performers in Sub saharan Africa are Ghana‚ south africa and Botswana. While that of North Africa are Tunisia and Morocco.

Top 10 African Countries And Their Rule of Law Ranking

1. Ghana

Ghana has an Overall Score of 0.59, and a Global Rank of 43/113.
Scoring highest in civil justice, fundamental human rights and contraints on government powers.

2. South Africa

South Africa dropped one position for its overall rule of law performance to 44 out of 113 countries and number 2 in Africa.
The country was ranked high in open government..

3. Botswana

Botswana had an Overall Score of 0.58, and a Global Rank of 45/113.
The country has four key strong point, the least corupt country in Africa, order and security, regulatory enforcement and criminal justice.

4. Senegal

Senegal had an Overall Score 0.55, and a Global Rank of 49/113.

5. Tunisia

Overall Score 0.53, Global Rank 54/113.
The country had two key strong point, constraints in government power, open government, fundamental right. Tunisia leads the rule of law ranking in North Africa.

5. Malawi

Malawi Scored an overall of 0.51, and a Global Rank of 66/113.

5. Morocco

Morocco had an Overall Score of 0.51 and a Global Rank of 67/113.

6. Burkina Faso

Overall Score 0.51 Global Rank

The country had two key weaknesses, law and order and civil justice.

7. Zambia

Overall Score 0.47 Global Rank 83/113.

Like Burkina Faso, Zambia also had two key weaknesses, Constraints on Government Powers and fundamental rights.

8. Cote d’Ivoire

The country got an Overall Score of 0.47 and a Global Rank of 84/113.

The country had five key weaknesses, constraints in Government power, open government, fundamental right, criminal justice and corruption.

9. Tanzania

Overall Score 0.47 and a Global Rank of 86/113.

The country had four key weaknesses, Constraints on
Government Powers, Open Government, Fundamental Rights and regulatory enforcement.

10. Sierra Leone

Overall Score 0.45 Global Rank

Like Tanzania, Sierra Leone had four major key weaknesses,
Regulatory Enforcement,
Civil Justice, open government,
Criminal Justice and corruption.


The World Justice Project (WJP) Rule of Law Index is the world’s leading source for original data on the rule of law.

The 2017-2018 edition covers 113 countries and jurisdictions, relying on more than 110,000 household surveys and 3,000 expert surveys to measure how the rule of law is experienced in practical, everyday situations by the general public worldwide. Performance is measured using 44 indicators across eight primary rule of law factors, each of which is scored and ranked globally and against regional and income peers: Constraints on Government Powers, Absence of Corruption, Open Government, Fundamental Rights, Order and Security, Regulatory Enforcement, Civil Justice, and Criminal Justice.

Uzonna Anele
Uzonna Anele
Anele is a web developer and a Pan-Africanist who believes bad leadership is the only thing keeping Africa from taking its rightful place in the modern world.


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