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 Andrew B. Spalding
Andrew B. Spalding
Professor of Law
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 ReviewWashington 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 TimesWall Street JournalEconomist, 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.

Presenter, "The New Governance Legacy in Sport," Sporting Chance Forum, UNESCO and the Institute for Human Rights and Business, Paris (Dec. 2018)
Presenter, "The Transnationalization of Anti-Corruption Law Through Sport," The Transnationalization of Anti-Corruption Law, Sciences Po and the American Society of International Law Anti-Corruption Interest Group, Paris (Dec. 2018).
Presenter, "The Governance Legacy of Sport," International Criminal Law Roundtable, Washington & Lee Law School, Lexington, Virginia (Nov. 2018).
Presenter, "The Global Significance of Brazil's Anti-Corruption Movement," Brazil chapter of International Chamber of Commerce, Sao Paolo, Brazil (Sept. 2018).
Presenter, "Trends in U.S. Anti-Bribery Enforcement," Office of the Public Prosecutors, Santiago, Chile (June 2018).
Presenter, "The Intersection of Anti-Bribery and Anti-Money Laundering Enforcement," 18th Pan American Congress on the Risk of Money Laundering, Pan American Congress, Cartegena, Colombia (June 2018).
Presenter, "US Anti-Corruption Enforcement Trends," Lloreda Camacho Law Firm, Bogota, Colombia (June 2018).
Presenter, "Developments in International Anti-Corruption Enforcement," Politecnico Grancolombiano University, Bogota, Colombia (June 2018).
Presenter, "Trends in Global Anti-Corruption Enforcement," Austria Chapter of International Law Section of ABA, Vienna, Austria (April 2018).
Presenter, "The Olympic Governance Legacy," OECD Integrity Forum, Paris (April 2018).
Presenter, "South Korea's Olympic Governance Legacy," Yonsei Law School, Seoul, South Korea (April 2018).
Presenter, "Individual and Corporate Liability for Corruption," Korea National Police University, Yongin, South Korea (April 2018).
Presenter, "The New Olympic Governance Legacy," Bi-Annual Olympic Studies Conference, Gangwon National University, Gangwon, South Korea (Feb. 2018).
Presenter, "The Role of Compliance in FCPA Enforcement," Annual Sokol Colloquium, University of Virginia School of Law (Nov. 2017).

Presenter, "The New Olympic Governance Legacy," Corruption in International Sports Conference, University of Maryland Law School (Oct. 2016).

Presenter, "Compliance and the FCPA Pilot Program," Creating Compliance Conference, University of Toledo Law School (Oct. 2016).

Presenter, "Restoring Bribery's Victims," J. Reuben Clark School of Law at Brigham Young University (Feb. 2016).

Panelist, "Developments in Anti-corruption Law," International Law Weekend, J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University (Jan. 2016).

Panelist, "New Scholars Colloquia on International Law," Southeastern Association of Law Schools (2015).

Speaker, "Are You Happy Now: Stimulating Student Reflection on Professional Fulfillment," Legal Ed Igniting Law Teaching Conference (2015).

"Freedom from Corruption: the New Human Right?" Michigan State University Junior Faculty Workshop (Nov. 2012).

"Corruption as a Rights Violation: Implications for Commercial Anti-Bribery Laws," American Society of International Law Annual Research Forum, Athens, GA (Oct. 2012).

"Your Company has been Accused of Violating the FCPA: Now What?" Moderator (panelists include former U.S. Attorney General and Chief Judge for the Southern District of New York Michael Mukasey), Dow Jones Compliance Symposium (March 2012). 

"Corporate Corruption and International Law," invited keynote speaker, Northwestern Law School International Law Workshop (Jan. 2012). 

"Anti-Bribery Law, Foreign Policy, and Foreign Direct Investment," invited keynote speaker, RAND Corp. Center for Corporate Ethics Symposium (Jan. 2012). 

"Four Unchartered Corners of Anti-Corruption Law," Panelist, Wisconsin Law Review Symposium on the Changing Role of In-House and General Counsels (Nov. 2011). 

"Corruption in South Asia: the Role of Law and Legal Institutions," Panel Chair, University of Wisconsin, Madison South Asia Legal Studies Pre-Conference (Oct. 2011). 

"The Irony of International Business Law," Panelist, Midwest Corporate Legal Scholars Conference, Moritz College of Law, the Ohio State University (June 2011). 

"International Business, Economic Development, and Corruption," Panel Chair, Law & Society Annual Conference (June 2011). 

"Progressivism in U.S. International Business Law," invited keynote speaker, University of Cincinnati College of Law (Oct. 2010). 

"The Irony of International Business Law," invited keynote speaker, University of Dayton School of Law (Oct. 2010). 

"The Impact of Anti-Bribery Laws in Developing Countries," Panelist, Fordham Law School International Law Weekend (Oct. 2010). 

"Comparing U.S. and Chinese International Business Law," invited keynote speaker, Moritz College of Law, the Ohio State University (Oct. 2010). 

"Legal Measures Against Corruption in Global Perspective: Principles, Politics, Prospects," Panelist, University of Windsor Faculty of Law, Ontario, Canada (Oct. 2010). 

"The Role of Business Ethics and Integrity in Preventing Corruption," Panelist, Transparency International and the American Chamber of Commerce in India, Delhi (Sept. 2010).

"Economic Development and Anti-Corruption Laws: the Challenge of India," Panelist, Law & Society Annual Conference (May 2010). 

"Middle-Eastern Oil and Anti-Corruption Laws," invited keynote speaker, U.A.E. University, Al Ain (May 2010). 

"The Role of Anti-Bribery Law in Alleviating Poverty," series of lectures delivered at the ASA University Department of Law, Dhaka, Bangladesh (April 2010). 

"Corruption, the Rule of Law, and the Economic and Political Development of Central Asia," series of lectures delivered at the Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics, and Strategic Research School of Law, Almaty, Kazakhstan (April 2010). 

"A Comparative Perspective on Economic Development and Anti-Corruption Laws," invited keynote speaker, Istanbul University Faculty of Law, Turkey (April 2010). 

"The Future of Corporate Governance in India," invited keynote speaker, NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, India (March 2010). 

"At an Historic Crossroads: India and the FCPA," invited keynote speaker, Antifraud Conference, Mumbai, India (March 2010). 

"The FCPA in India: a Perfect Storm," invited keynote speaker, Fraud, Forensics, and Corruption Symposium, Pune, India (Dec. 2009). 

"A Comparative Approach to the Study of Corruption in International Business," invited keynote speaker, the Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand (Dec. 2009). 

"Unwitting Sanctions: Understanding Anti-Bribery Legislation as Economic Sanctions Against Emerging Markets," invited keynote speaker, George Washington University Law School (Nov. 2009). 

"The FCPA and U.S. Foreign Policy," invited keynote speaker, Raytheon Int'l Inc. (Nov. 2009). 

"Examining the Impact of Corruption Prohibitions on Foreign Direct Investment in Emerging Markets," invited speaker, the World Bank Integrity Vice-Presidency (Nov. 2009). 

"Indian Social and Economic Development: the Problem of Corruption," invited keynote speaker, School of Social Sciences and International Studies, Pondicherry, India (Nov. 2009). 

"Enforcement Procedures of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission," invited keynote speaker, University of Mumbai Government Law College, India (Nov. 2007). 

"The Role of the Judiciary in the Rule of Law: Two Paradigms from the U.S. Experience," invited keynote speaker, University of Cape Town, South Africa (Oct. 2005). 

"Comments on the ABA Report on the 21st Century Judiciary," Panelist, The ABA Colloquium on the 21st Century Judiciary, Raleigh, North Carolina (March 2003). 

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 (2010-12)
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, Ill.
Fulbright Senior Research Scholar (2009-10)
The U.S.-India Educational Foundation, Mumbai, India
Associate, Securities Enforcement and Litigation (2006-08)
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, Washington, D.C.
Judicial Clerkship (2004-05)
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, Las Vegas, NV; Law Clerk to The Honorable Jay S. Bybee
Judicial Clerkship (2003-04)
U.S. District Court, District of Nevada, Reno, NV; Law Clerk to The Honorable Howard D. McKibben

A Governance Legacy (Oxford University Press) (forthcoming 2021).

Olympic Anti-Corruption Report: Rio and the 2016 Summer Games (with the University of Richmond School of Law Anti-Corruption Research Team) (2016).


Brazil's Olympic-Era Anti-Corruption Reforms, 32 Md. L. Rev. 188 (2017).

Restoring Pre-Existing Compliance through the FCPA Pilot Program, 48 U. Tol. L. Rev. 519 (2017) (symposium).

From the 2014 World Cup to the 2016 Olympics: Brazil's Role in the Global Anti-Corruption Movement, 21 Sw. J. Int'l L. 71, (2014) (with the University of Richmond School of Law Anti-Corruption Research Team).

Freedom from Official Corruption as a Human Right, Brookings Institution White Paper; co-authored with Matthew Murray, U.S. Department of Commerce (2015).

Corruption, Corporations, and the New Human Right, 91 Wash. U. L. Rev 1365 (2014).

The Problem of Deterring Extraterritorial Crime, 17 Chap. L. Rev. 355 (2014). 

The Russian Federation Joins the OECD Convention Against Bribery, ASIL Insights, June 2012, Vol. 16, No. 19. 


Freedom from Corruption as a Human Right, in New Human Rights for the 21st Century (forthcoming 2018).

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 Corruption and International Sport (Transparency International ed., 2016) (with the University of Richmond School of Law Anti-Corruption Research Team).


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

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

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

Will Wal-Mart change India? FCPA Blog (Jan. 2016).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
J.D., University of Nevada, Las Vegas
B.A., Whitman College
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