Law Professor Andrew Spalding Awarded Grant for Olympic Research Focused on Human Rights and Anti-Corruption Law

July 1, 2019

UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND — Law professor Andrew Spalding has received a research grant from the International Olympic Committee to support his research project “France's Implementation of the Host-City Contract's New Anti-Corruption and Human Rights Provisions: Implications for Development and Legacy in France and Beyond.”

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

“This project will examine the measures taken in the first two years of Paris 2024 preparations to put the new anti-corruption and human rights provisions into practice,” Spalding said. “This research can identify new ways for sports to promote social development and will build the foundation for a legacy of governance promoting accountability, transparency, and human rights that go beyond sport and will last after the Games are over.” 

Spalding has taught at UR since 2012. This past spring, he served as a fellow at the University of Sydney Law School where he completed research related to this work. 


The International Olympic Committee is a not-for-profit independent international organization that is committed to building a better world through sport. Funding from this grant will provide travel to Paris to conduct three phases of interviews with various participants in France’s Olympic preparation and cover research assistance with interview interpretation and document translation.