The World Justice Project is a multinational, multidisciplinary organization which seeks to strengthen the rule of law for the development of communities of opportunity and equity. Its work is being carried out through the creation of a comprehensive Rule of Law Index, the convening of global and regional meetings of world leaders, the provision of seed grants for rule of law projects, and the origination of new scholarship on rule of law issues. The organization’s efforts are dedicated to developing practical programs in support of the rule of law around the world. The World Justice Project was launched by the American Bar Association in 2006, but since then became an independent 501 non-profit organization with 21 global sponsoring organizations in the fields of human rights, labor, public health, business, and more. The World Justice Project defines the rule of law around universal principles: that governments should be accountable under the law; that there should be fair and comprehensible laws that protect fundamental rights; that legal processes should be fair and efficient; and that people should have access to justice provided by diverse, competent, and independent judges and lawyers. The World Justice Project's goal is to strengthen the law’s power to uplift, protect, and create opportunity.