- Senior Public Sector Specialist in the Public Sector and Governance Group, World Bank
Richard E. Messick joined the World Bank in April 1997 as a Senior Public Sector Specialist in the Public Sector and Governance Group to advise Bank staff on judicial reform. He now counsels staff and policymakers in Bank client countries on a broad range of governance and anticorruption issues including right to information, conflict of interest, legislative and regulatory reform. Mr. Messick has been a member or advisor to the teams overseeing governance, anticorruption, or private sector reform projects in over two dozen countries
Prior to joining the World Bank, Dr. Messick was a senior consultant to Freedom House, a U.S. based organization that promotes human rights and freedom around the globe, a senior fellow at Hernando de Soto's Instituto Libertad y Democracia in Lima, Peru, and an advisor to the Ukrainian Center for Independent Political Research, a non-governmental organization in Kyiv, Ukraine. He served as chief counsel to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during the chairmanship of Richard Lugar in the 99th Congress and was chief counsel and research director of the National Senatorial Committee when now Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels was executive director.
In addition to his publications at the World Bank, he is also a regular reviewer of the Bank's annual report Doing Business . His writings have appeared in the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post as well as in the American Political Science Review and Judicature. His "The Origins and Development of Courts," initially written for the World Development Report 2002 , has been widely reprinted.