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Vikram Raghavan

Visiting Professor

Vikram Raghavan is Lead Counsel at the World Bank’s Legal Department in Washington, D.C. He is the Bank’s legal advisor for conflict, refugees, and macroeconomics. Among other things, he works on the Bank’s development mandate, loan conditionality, conflict and fragility, refugees and displacement, humanitarian crises and disasters, international law, military coups, sanctions, graduation, and sovereign debt.

Over his nineteen-year career, Vikram has been involved in Bank operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Yemen, and West Bank and Gaza.

Besides his legal work, Vikram frequently speaks about the Bank’s evolution as a development institution. He recently received the Bretton Woods@75 Award for contributions to the Bank Group’s institutional knowledge and memory. He was also involved with the World Development Report: Conflict, Security, and Development (2011).

Vikram retains a private interest in Indian constitutional law and history. He created Law and Other Things, a widely read legal blog, and contributes articles to Indian newspapers and journals. He authored Communications Law in India, which has been cited by India’s Supreme Court and co-edited Comparative Constitutionalism in South Asia. Last year, he edited and published George Gadbois’s Supreme Court of India: The Beginnings. He is writing a narrative non-fiction account of how India became a constitutional republic in 1950.

[This Visiting Professorship is not an endorsement of the University by the World Bank.]