Updated Oct 15, 2020

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

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

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.
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Dec 11, 2020Deadline
Up to $20,000Amount

Mandatory Requirements

Implemented In:
RegionAfrica, Asia and Pacific, Europe and Eurasia, Latin America / Caribbean, North America, Middle East and North Africa and Low and Middle Income Countries
Focus AreasHealth
Rule of Law and Human Rights (Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance)
Infectious & Vector Diseases (Health)

The competition is multidisciplinary and open to a variety of organization types, including: civil society, non-profits, social entrepreneurs, national and multilateral government agencies, local government bodies, businesses/private sector enterprises, and law firms from any country in the world. Collaborative, multi-organizational entries are welcome.

  • - All individuals, organizations, and entities are eligible to enter the competition and may submit up to two entries. Collaborative entries among several individuals/organizations are welcome.
  • - Entries must be in English.
  • - All entries must be received by December 11, 2020.

Application Directions

Applications can be completed and submitted directly online.
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