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UAE aims for top rank in rule of law

UAE-France talks tackle global ideas and initiatives that strengthen protection for intellectual property

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Abu Dhabi: A team in charge of advancing the UAE’s global ranking in the rule of law has held talks with a group of French intellectual property experts in Abu Dhabi.

The UAE-France talks tackled global ideas and initiatives that strengthen protection for the intellectual property.

The team headed by Counsellor Saif Bu Asiba, director of the Judicial Inspection Department at the Ministry of Justice, also reviewed the French and European experience in intellectual property laws.

The meeting was held on the sidelines of an intellectual property workshop held at Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi.

The UAE looks at achieving 25th rank among 113 countries in the World Justice Project (WJP) Rule of Law Index, during the next five years.

Last year, the UAE was ranked 33 in the Rule of Law Index, whose results strengthen the UAE’s status as a leading trade, finance, investment and tourism hub with a distinguished record in the rule of law, justice, safety, security and other unique features.

According to the index, the UAE’s overall rule of law performance places it at 30 out of 36 among high-income countries; and 33 out of 113 countries and jurisdictions worldwide.

The index is the world’s leading source for original data on the rule of law. The 2016 edition expands coverage to 113 countries and jurisdictions (from 102 in 2015), relying on more than 100,000 household and expert surveys to measure how the rule of law is experienced in practical, everyday situations by the general public worldwide.

The WJP Rule of Law Index is intended to be a first step in setting benchmarks, informing and guiding reforms, and deepening appreciation and understanding for the foundation of the rule of law.