The World Justice Challenge 2024 (Up to $20,000 USD Cash Prize) – APPLY NOW

The 2024 Competition is now open for the World Justice Challenge, eligible Candidates are invited to apply before the deadline of January 31, 2024. With an emphasis on “The Rule of Law Foundation of Democracy,” The World Justice Project is happy to announce the 2024 World Justice Challenge.

The World Justice Challenge 2024
The World Justice Challenge 2024

The Challenge competition aims to identify, promote, and support change-makers who are exploring practical approaches to fortify the rule of law in order to overthrow autocracies and restore confidence in democratic administration.

Two in-person cycles of the World Justice Challenge were hosted at the World Justice Forum in 2019 and 2022, while one virtual cycle was held in 2021. During these cycles, 58 different countries have sent in 115 different organizations with their work as finalists or honorable mentions.

Categories for World Justice Challenge 2024

The Following are the categories in which awards will be given:

  • Ensuring that the law governs election procedures and the transfer of power in government
  • Increasing public confidence in legal institutions and ensuring unbiased, independent, transparent, and ethical legal systems
  • Safeguarding free media and a strong, reliable information ecosystem in the face of fresh difficulties brought on by technological advancement in the twenty-first century
  • Increasing youth involvement in and dedication to democratic and rule of law procedures and institutions
  • The U.S. Building Trust Prize is awarded to the American initiative that has the greatest influence in one or more of the aforementioned areas.

Benefits of the World Justice Challenge 2024


Five initiatives with measurable achievements and promising future potential for growth, replication, and/or scaling will receive prize cash awards totaling $20,000.


WJP is going to choose up to thirty (30) finalists. The WJP website and social media channels will include the finalists’ profiles in an effort to increase awareness and adoption of these innovative strategies.

Eligibility Criteria for World Justice Challenge 2024

  • Applications are open to initiatives that address a minimum of one of the problem areas listed in the aforementioned categories.
  • Applications are welcome from any nation or territory in the world for this international competition. As earlier stated, the U.S. Building Trust Prize will only be awarded to projects that are located in the United States. Projects from other countries will get awards in the remaining four categories.
  • A wide range of organizations, including but not limited to non-profits, social entrepreneurs, media, multilateral organizations, local and federal government bodies and agencies. Businesses and private sector enterprises, bar associations, law firms, foundations, and academics, are eligible to enter the multidisciplinary competition.
  • Entries from many organizations working together are encouraged.
  • English submissions are required, but, please be aware that entries will only be judged on the caliber of the project itself, not the applicant’s degree of proficiency in the English language.
  • The following standards will be used to assess entries:
  • Impact: It is clear that the initiative has improved a significant issue pertaining to democracy and the rule of law.
  • Sustainability: the project shows promise for long-term, continuous operation.
  • Scaling and/or Replicability: The program shows promise for growth within its existing framework and/or replication in other frameworks (e.g., different populations, locations, or industries).

Selection Criteria for World Justice Challenge 2024

The following criteria will be used to choose the five winning initiatives:

  • A panel of experienced judges will select four winners.
  • A group of finalists from past World Justice Challenge contests will choose a fifth champion.
  • The competition’s finale will take place at a function next to the American Bar Association Annual Meeting. Which will happen in Chicago, USA, from August 3–9, 2024. Every finalist will receive an invitation to participate in the Challenge awards ceremony and present their work in person.
  • To assist their work, all finalists will receive an invitation to become a member of the World Justice Challenge Alumni Network. Which offers continual possibilities for networking, collaboration, visibility, and education.

How to Apply

All interested and qualified Individuals should Go to World Justice Project (WJP) on: to apply

For more details, kindly visit the official World Justice website at

Application Deadline

January 31, 2024.



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