According to the World Justice Project Report, among the 12 countries in this comparison, Italy ranks 12th in maintaining a relevant and applicable rule of law among its government, citizens, and nongovernmental influences. The United States is only slightly better than Italy, ranking 10th among the 12.

Rule of Law 1

COLOR CODING
GreenRanked first for statistic
RedRanked last for statistic
 Limited GovernmentAbsence of CorruptionOrder and SecurityFundamental RightsOpen GovernmentRegulatory EnforcementCivil JusticeCriminal Justice
Australia0.840.830.860.810.800.850.750.74
Canada0.840.830.910.820.820.790.720.74
Denmark0.940.950.920.900.860.870.860.82
France0.760.750.750.720.800.770.700.65
Germany0.860.830.880.850.790.850.850.77
Italy0.710.620.740.710.640.570.560.64
Japan0.740.850.910.760.700.800.790.74
Netherlands0.880.860.850.850.840.880.870.80
Norway0.940.930.930.880.880.870.850.83
Sweden0.880.910.930.870.850.850.810.80
United Kingdom0.840.820.840.810.810.840.750.74
United States0.770.750.790.720.770.720.670.65

SOURCE:

World Justice Project Rule of Law Index 2017 – 2018

NOTES

“The Right to Counsel in Civil Proceedings: An International Perspective” William C Silverman

April 11, 2019.
A 2017 study showed that 71% of low-income households in the US experienced at least one civil legal problem, and of those, 86% “received inadequate or no legal help.” According to the World Justice Project’s 2019 Rule of Law Index, the U.S. ranks low at 99th out of 126 countries.