UR Law Professor Andrew Spalding Spends Sabbatical Sharing Anti-Corruption Law Knowledge Across the Globe

February 18, 2019

Andy SpaldingUniversity of Richmond School of Law Professor Andrew Spalding is traveling the globe this spring to serve as a fellow and visiting scholar.

Spalding, who has specific expertise around anti-corruption law and mega sporting events, is chairing the Olympics Compliance Task Force. He has assembled a working group of scholars from around the world who will develop a detailed framework for the components and monitoring of the Paris 2024 Compliance program ahead of the Olympic Games in France.

As part of his role, Spalding is serving as a fellow at the University of Sydney Law School. The task force is meeting at the university for a workshop Feb. 19 to continue their efforts, which include the following goals:

  • Design a framework of legal standards and best practices tailored to France’s unique legal and practical context;
  • Help implement compliance in a practical, meaningful way in France, to leave a legacy of improved governance in the host country; and
  • Set a precedent that future host cities may build upon as they continue the project of building Olympic anti-corruption and human rights compliance.

In March, Spalding will travel to Bhutan to serve as a visiting scholar at the Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law, the country’s recently opened first law school. Spalding has been serving as an advisor to law school leaders and has been studying the small Himalayan country with special interest in its anti-corruption reform. The country recently transitioned from a monarchy to a democracy.

Spalding will return to teaching at the University of Richmond in fall 2019.