Hello, my name is Carter Nichols and I am one of eight law students who want to research corruption surrounding the 2016 Olympics – but I need your help! In March, our group will be traveling to Brazil to interview government officials, politicians, business leaders, and advocacy groups in an effort to understand and analyze corruption in Brazil. In order to make this leg of the research possible, my classmates and I need to raise money to fund our trip. I have included a link our fundraising page below, but would first like to tell you a little about of project:
Our group, in conjunction with Dr. Andy Spalding, undertook the task of researching corruption in Brazil with an eye towards the 2016 Olympic games last year. Like many, we had all seen the numerous reports of corruption that surrounded the Sochi winter games and 2014 World Cup. However, what we didn’t see were any concrete explanations or proof in these reports.
While corruption remains a hot button issue in Brazil and around the world, any solutions to the perceived problem evade the public discussion. Accordingly, we have set out to find the cause of corruption, or lack thereof, through the lens of the 2016 Olympics. Our desired result is a comprehensive guide that would help countries who host these large international events to combat corruption from the outset – increasing both efficiency and transparency.
We believe that the best way to find the answers is to be on the ground collecting the data ourselves. However, getting from Richmond, Virginia to Sao Paulo, Brazil is a long and expensive journey. We are asking for your help because we believe that, like us, you want answers and results that will help stamp out corruption. If you could please donate $25, $10, $5, or even $1 it would go a long way towards making this research possible. If you would like to donate, you can visit our fundraising page here (www.igg.me/at/brazil-research-group). Again, we would greatly appreciate your help making this research possible!
Carter Nichols is a second-year student at the University of Richmond School of Law where he is a member of Law Review and the Moot Court Board. He has co-authored research on anti-corruption and the World Cup in Brazil.