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Rule of law report pinpoints room for progress in Asia

Published on Nov 28, 2012 2:32 PM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - East Asia scores well when it comes to keeping a lid on crime, but it still has work to do on other key factors that constitute the rule of law, a study published on Wednesday suggests.

The non-profit World Justice Project's third annual Rule of Law Index takes stock of the development of the core legal concept in 97 countries and jurisdictions, based on interviews with 97,000 citizens and 2,500 experts.

It quantifies such factors as limited government powers, absence of corruption, order and security, fundamental rights, open government, regulatory enforcement, civil justice and criminal justice.

Worldwide, the Nordic nations - Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden - as well as the Netherlands scored best across all nine factors, according to the 228-page report.

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