Law professor Andy Spalding is fighting corruption at the highest level of international competition. He believes that hosting major sporting events like the Olympics should inspire our highest ideals, not rouse our worst instincts.
With groundbreaking research and sharp analysis, Spalding is examining the conditions in which sports-related corruption thrives. He focuses on an oft-overlooked area: the flood of public spending that a successful bid to host requires. For the powerful but unscrupulous, this spending is a tempting opportunity to siphon off funds.
Spalding’s 2016 report examining Brazil’s experience with the 2014 World Cup and the Rio 2016 Olympics brought national and international publicity for his innovative analysis. He calls the corruption trials that rocked the nation in the wake of the games “Brazil’s anti-corruption triumph.” He also pushes for strong anti-corruption commitments in future contracts between governing bodies and event hosts.