America's Criminal Justice System:
Essential for the Rule of Law


In the 2017-2018 WJP Rule of Law Index, the United States ranked 19th out of 113 countries surveyed, slipping a point from its ranking the year before. Notably, the U.S. score for “Constraints on Government Powers” edged downward and low marks for the U.S. criminal justice system persisted. As this news and current events raise concerns about the rule of law in the U.S., the World Justice Project was pleased to join the American Bar Association Division of Public Education and Criminal Justice Section to convene “America’s Criminal Justice System: Essential for the Rule of Law” to explore these trends with a particular focus on implications for the criminal justice system.

Keynote Conversation 

Chuck Rosenberg, Senior Counsel at Crowell & Moring; previously Acting Administrator of the DEA, Chief of Staff to FBI Director James Comey, Senior Counsel to Robert Mueller, and United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia and the Southern District of Texas.

Elizabeth Andersen, Executive Director, World Justice Project


Stephen Saltzburg, Past Chair, ABA Criminal Justice Section; Wallace and Beverley Woodbury University Professor of Law, Co-director of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Program, The George Washington University Law School


Alejandro Ponce, Chief Research Officer, World Justice Project
Jeremy Travis, Executive Vice President of Criminal Justice, Laura and John Arnold Foundation, President of John Jay College of Criminal Justice (2004-2016)
Jennifer Vollen-Katz, Executive Director, John Howard Association
Angel Ysaguirre, Executive Director, Illinois Humanities