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 Andrew Brady Spalding
Andrew Brady Spalding
Professor of Law
Faculty Director, LLM Program
Courses Taught International Business Transactions Corporate Compliance Corruption in the Olympic Games Anti-Bribery Seminar Comparative Business Law Contracts

Professor Andy Spalding teaches and writes in the area of international anti-corruption law. He is a member of the Frequent Visiting Faculty at the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) in Austria, Senior Editor of the FCPA Blog, and was the founding president of the American Society of International Law’s Anti-Corruption Interest Group. As Chair of the Olympics Compliance Task Force, Professor Spalding collaborates with a team of international academics and practitioners, and with the International Olympic Committee, to design and promote Olympic host-country anti-corruption and human rights measures.

Professor Spalding writes principally in two areas: international anti-bribery law; and corruption and human rights in mega sports. His anti-bribery research focuses on the causes and effects of uneven global enforcement; the impact of current enforcement on bribery’s victims, especially in developing countries; the universality of the anti-corruption ethic; and whether freedom from corruption should be understood as a human right. His work has appeared in the UCLA Law Review, Washington University Law Review, Ohio State Law Journal, Wisconsin Law Review, in books published by the University of Chicago Press, Cambridge University Press, and Routledge Press, and in many other academic venues. His work specifically on corruption and human rights has been published with the Brookings Institution and appears in the forthcoming study New Human Rights: Recognition, Novelty, Rhetoric (Cambridge University Press), commissioned by the European Commission. He has been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Economist, Atlantic, Forbes, and National Public Radio, and other outlets. He was the first editor to join the FCPA Blog, a leading anti-corruption and compliance blog that now receives two million hits annually from 190 countries.

Professor Spalding’s interest in domestic anti-corruption movements brought him to the study of mega sporting events. His monograph, A Governance Legacy (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2021) looks at the surprising ability of these events to catalyze enduring host-country anti-corruption and human rights reforms. He has empirically studied this dynamic in Brazil, South Korea, France, and Qatar.

A JD/PhD, Professor Spalding currently holds a research grant from the International Olympic Committee’s Olympic Studies Centre, and was formerly a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar based in Mumbai India.

"A Governance Legacy: Building a Conceptual Model," Advanced Research Grant Presentation, International Olympic Committee (February 2020)
Bar Admissions
Washington, D.C.
Professional Experience
Assistant Professor of Law (2012 - present)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, VA
Visiting Assistant Professor of Law (2010 - 2012)
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, IL
Fulbright Senior Research Scholar (2009 - 2010)
The U.S.-India Educational Foundation, Mumbai,
Associate, Securities Enforcement and Litigation (2006 - 2008)
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, Washington, DC
Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Jay S. Bybee (2004 - 2005)
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, Las Vegas, NV
Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Howard D. McKibben (2003 - 2004)
U.S. District Court, District of Nevada, Reno, NV
Journal Articles

A Governance Legacy: Building a Conceptual Model, Olympic Studies Centre, International Olympic Committee (2021).

Brazil's Olympic-Era Anti-Corruption Reforms, 32 Maryland Journal of International Law 188 (2017).

Restoring Pre-Existing Compliance through the FCPA Pilot Program, 48 University of Toledo Law Review 519 (2017).

Restorative Justice for Multinational Corporations, 76 Ohio State Law Journal 357 (2015).

Corruption, Corporations, and the New Human Right, 91 Washington University Law Review 1365 (2014).


A Governance Legacy: The Nascent Ability of Mega Sports to Catalyze Reform (Oxford University Press) (2021).

Book Chapters

Freedom from Corruption as a Human Right, in New Human Rights for the 21st Century (2020).

Reflections on Corruption as a Rights Violation, in [Book Title TBA] (2020).

Restoring Bribery's Victims , in Corruption, Business Law, and Business Ethics (Phil Nichols, ed.) (2020).

Restoring Bribery's Victims, in Corruption, Business Law, and Business Ethics (University of Chicago Press) (2016).

Rio 2016 and the Birth of Brazilian Transparency, in Executive Summary - Global Corruption Report: Sport (with Pat Barr et al.) (2016).

Rio 2016 and the Birth of Brazilian Transparency, in Corruption and International Sport (2016).

Civil Justice and Judicial Selection, in Justice in Jeopardy: Report of the Commission on the 21st Century Judiciary (American Bar Association) (with Carl Tobias) (2003).

Civil Justice and Judicial Selection, in Justice in Jeopardy: Report of the Commission on the 21st Century Judiciary (American Bar Association) (with Carl Tobias) (2003).

Blog Posts

Corruption kills another Olympic dream, FCPA Blog (November 2018).

Will FIFA now follow the IOC's lead?, FCPA Blog (June 2018).

Olympic compliance and Paris 2024: It's France's turn to lead, FCPA Blog (with Cecilia Fellhouse-Guenkel) (June 2018).

But what can I do before a violation occurs?, FCPA Blog (December 2017).

The South Korea revolution continues, FCPA Blog (August 2017).

With Trump, what's next for the FCPA?, FCPA Blog (November 2016).

Brazil's anti-corruption revolution continues, FCPA Blog (September 2016).

Brazil's generational clash, FCPA Blog (September 2016).

Why Olympism and anti-corruption are kindred movements, FCPA Blog (August 2016).

Andy Spalding on Brazil's first pillar: Procurement reform, FCPA Blog (July 2016).

Andy Spalding on Brazil's fourth pillar: The organized crime law, FCPA Blog (July 2016).

Andy Spalding on Brazil's second pillar: The access to information law, FCPA Blog (July 2016).

Andy Spalding on Brazil's third pillar: The Clean Companies Act, FCPA Blog (July 2016).

The four pillars of Brazil's Olympic governance legacy, FCPA Blog (July 2016).

Brazil's got no use for an anti-anti-corruption minister, FCPA Blog (June 2016).

Brazil's Untold Success Story, FCPA Blog (May 2016).

Is Brazil's anti-corruption moment in jeopardy?, FCPA Blog (May 2016).

Will Wal-Mart Change India?, FCPA Blog (January 2016).

Andy Spalding answers the call of nature, FCPA Blog (August 2015).

Olympics update: Beijing in, Boston out (Part One), FCPA Blog (August 2015).

Olympics update: Beijing in, Boston out (Part Two), FCPA Blog (August 2015).

Rio 2016: Who watches the watchmen?, FCPA Blog (March 2015).

The Rio 2016 Olympics: A Window into Our World (Part Five, conc.), FCPA Blog (February 2015).

The Rio 2016 Olympics: A Window into Our World (Part Four), FCPA Blog (February 2015).

The Rio 2016 Olympics: A Window into Our World (Part One), FCPA Blog (February 2015).

The Rio 2016 Olympics: A Window into Our World (Part Three), FCPA Blog (February 2015).

The Rio 2016 Olympics: A Window into Our World (Part Two), FCPA Blog (February 2015).

In defense of Caldwell Doctrine, FCPA Blog (October 2014).

It really is about the children, FCPA Blog (October 2014).

Beyond deterrence (Part 1 of 4), FCPA Blog (March 2014).

IACA's upcoming programs, FCPA Blog (March 2014).

Brazil's President Dilma takes a stand, FCPA Blog (August 2013).

Magazine/Trade Publications

Freedom from Official Corruption as a Human Right, Brookings Institution (with Matthew Murray) (January 2015).

The Russian Federation Joins the OECD Convention Against Bribery, 16 American Society of International Law (ASIL) Insights (June 2012).

Additional Publications

Olympic Anti-Corruption Report: Rio and the 2016 Summer Games (2016).

In the News

Trump called global anti-bribery law 'horrible.' His administration is pursuing fewer new investigations. (The Washington Post)
Fri., Jan. 31, 2020

Could Women Be The Future of Men? (Forbes)
Tue., Jul. 9, 2019

Education News: July 8, 2019 (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Mon., Jul. 8, 2019

Law Professor Andrew Spalding Awarded Grant for Olympic Research Focused on Human Rights and Anti-Corruption Law (University of Richmond Newsroom)
Mon., Jul. 1, 2019

What bribery experts say about the Trump organization's plan to give Putin a penthouse (HuffPost)
Tue., Dec. 4, 2018

Vienna chapter of the ABA addresses the long jurisdictional reach of the FCPA and related anti-corruption investigations (Knoetzl)
Fri., Apr. 13, 2018

Jailing Lula won't fix Brazilian justice (Bloomberg)
Mon., Apr. 9, 2018

Cleaning up: The Brazilian judiciary roots out corruption (Politics of Hope)
Sat., Mar. 24, 2018

Political corruption and the art of the deal (The New Republic)
Wed., Mar. 21, 2018

Corruption-free Olympics (The Korea Times)
Tue., Feb. 20, 2018

US expert praises S. Korea's anticorruption law (KBS World Radio)
Mon., Feb. 19, 2018

How a Hong Kong millionaire's bribery case exposes China's corruption problem in Africa (CNN)
Sat., Feb. 10, 2018

Corruption at the Olympics (Virginia This Morning)
Fri., Feb. 9, 2018

Pence talks tough ahead of Olympics (VOA Asia)
Thu., Feb. 8, 2018

Q&A: Why are corruption and the Olympics so tied together? (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Thu., Feb. 8, 2018

UR professor headed to winter Olympics to research corruption in international sports (WRIC ABC-8 News)
Tue., Feb. 6, 2018

Peruvian soccer official acquitted in corruption probe (Bloomberg)
Wed., Dec. 27, 2017

Pyongyang says war could come at any time (VOA News)
Thu., Dec. 7, 2017

Deals in code, arrests in raids: The risky stakes of oil middlemen (The New York Times)
Sat., Sep. 23, 2017

The morning risk report: Anti-corruption compliance makes its Olympics debut (The Wall Street Journal)
Mon., Aug. 7, 2017

Panama's ex-leader faces graft case, retains UA ties (Arkansas Online)
Sun., Jun. 4, 2017

Odebrecht ordered to pay $2.6 billion fine for bribes (Bloomberg)
Tue., Apr. 18, 2017

One of the US's greatest gifts to the global economy is under threat from Trump (Quartz)
Mon., Mar. 13, 2017

Rolls-Royce will pay $800 million in bribery scandal (Huffington Post)
Tue., Jan. 17, 2017

Venezuela's claim of victim status in bribery case unlikely to convince U.S. (Reuters)
Fri., Dec. 23, 2016

Why Odebrecht handed prosecutors a record FCPA deal (Law360)
Wed., Dec. 21, 2016

Letter to the Editor: Brazil's future (The Economist)
Sat., Jul. 30, 2016

It's not just Russian doping. Why the Justice Department is trying to be the world's prosecutor (The Washington Post)
Wed., May. 18, 2016

There's a huge new corporate corruption scandal. Here's why everyone should care. (Huffpost Politics)
Wed., Mar. 30, 2016

U.S. oil industry giant paid millions to a company at the center of a huge corruption scandal (Huffpost Politics)
Wed., Mar. 30, 2016

Global bribery convention to flex its muscles (The Morning Risk Report on
Wed., Sep. 23, 2015

FIFA dominoes fall, but does the trail lead to Blatter (AFP, via Yahoo Sports)
Thu., Jun. 4, 2015

$150M in bribes, dozen schemes: U.S. prosecutors' FIFA case (AP via The New York Times)
Wed., May. 27, 2015

FIFA case not 'just sports': Prosecutors using informants, complex techniques (LA Times)
Wed., May. 27, 2015

FIFA caught offside as US tackles global graft with penalties in mind (Al Jazeera America)
Wed., May. 27, 2015

What we know about FIFA president Sepp Blatter (USA Today)
Wed., May. 27, 2015

Massive forfeiture opened by U.S. government for claims (Pub Memo)
Tue., May. 19, 2015

More details on Brazil's Clean Company Act regulations (
Wed., Apr. 1, 2015

Mike Scher: Can law students really disrupt the vicious cycle of corruption? (FCPA Blog)
Tue., Mar. 24, 2015

Africa: Corruption Concerns Taint Burgeoning China-Africa Trade (Voice of America, AllAfrica)
Mon., Sep. 1, 2014

US Companies Falling Behind as Africa Surges (ABC News, MSN News)
Wed., Aug. 6, 2014

The Illusion of No Victims: The Final Component of "Rationalizing Bribery." (JD Supra, Corporate Compliance Insights)
Tue., Aug. 5, 2014

RPT-Wal-Mart pays lawyer fees for dozens of execs in bribery probe (Reuters)
Wed., Dec. 4, 2013

Analysis: US foreign bribery penalties for drugmakers may lack bite (Reuters,
Mon., Oct. 29, 2012

Foreign Firms Most Affected by a U.S. Law Barring Bribes (The New York Times)
Mon., Sep. 3, 2012

B.A., Whitman College
J.D., University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Contact Information
Room 215, Law School
(804) 289 8203
(804) 289 8992 (Fax)
Areas of Expertise
International Business Law
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
International Law