Andy Spalding | Senior Editor
Andrew Brady Spalding is a senior editor of the FCPA Blog.
He’s a Professor at the University of Richmond School of Law.
A former Fulbright Senior Research Scholar and lawyer at a major international firm, Andy has lectured and conducted research on anti-corruption law throughout the developing world.
In addition to his frequent posts on the FCPA Blog, his work has appeared in the Wisconsin Law Review, the UCLA Law Review, and the Florida Law Review, among others.
Andy’s groundbreaking research about FCPA enforcement and its impact on developing countries has been discussed in leading publications, including the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, the Atlantic, and the New York Times.
In my last post, I examined a possible reform — the expansion of personal jurisdiction — and argued that although it is supported by anti-bribery advocates, it would actually serve the interests of the U.S. business community.
In last week’s post in this series we explained that the core purpose of the FCPA is to encourage, or require, ethical international business.
Serendipity is a wonderful thing. What better segue from my last posting than yesterday’s announcement that Russia has signed the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention. This is a remarkable and important event. I hope we fully understand why.
To understand where the FCPA should go from here, we need to understand where, and how, it began.
Thanks again to the FCPA Blog for sharing its space with me at this, a crucial point in FCPA history. Readers of this blog well know that since enacting the statute in 1977, we have amended it only twice — in 1988 and 1998. We may now be gearing up to do so again.
I am fascinated and gladdened by the Blog`s ongoing discussion — particularly the posts of Jeffrey Kaplan and John Ruggie — concerning corporate conduct and human rights. Not only are the FCPA and human rights laws both key components of any overseas compliance function, but they bear a much deeper affinity: they are two planks of an international business law regime that increasingly distinguishes the U.S. from the world`s emerging powers.