About the Challenge


The World Justice Challenge 2022 is a global competition to identify, recognize and promote good practices and high-impact projects and policies that protect and advance the rule of law.

As a key component of the World Justice Forum 2022: Building More Just Communities, the World Justice Challenge is dedicated to addressing structural inequities and governance weaknesses exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis. As rule of law performance continues to deteriorate globally in the wake of the pandemic, communities are falling further behind the Sustainable Development Goals’ promise to “leave no one behind.” In order to fulfill this ambition and clear the pathway to more just communities, it is critical to identify and promote effective approaches to key rule of law challenges. The Challenge contributes to this agenda by compiling a crowd-sourced evidence base for what works, raising its strategic visibility, and strengthening an emerging network of high quality, high impact rule of law organizations, projects and policies.

Challenge projects strengthen the foundational elements of the rule of law, support a just recovery from COVID-19, and tackle the root causes of societies’ persistent inability to deliver a dignified life for all.

About the Challenge

  • Cash awards ($20,000 USD) will go to five initiatives that show demonstrable results and promising prospects for future progress and replication/scaling.
  • The five winning initiatives will be selected in the following manner:
    • Four winners will be chosen by a committee of experienced judges under the following three Challenge themes (one winner per theme), plus one special prize:
    • A fifth winner will be selected by a network of finalists from previous World Justice Challenge competitions
  • A committee of thematic partners worked with WJP to select thirty (30) finalists. The finalists are profiled on WJP's website and social media to promote visibility and uptake of these promising approaches. The five winning projects will receive additional networking and visibility opportunities to support their work.
  • The Challenge is being conducted in tandem with the World Justice Forum 2022, which will take place May 30-June 2 in The Hague, Netherlands and online. The 30 finalists will be invited to showcase their work at the World Justice Forum and winning projects will be announced on June 2, 2022.