A country once renowned for glorifying corruption now leads what may be the furthest-reaching anti-corruption investigation in history. Brazil, once typified by its "Brazilian jeitinho" way of creatively navigating social problems,' now executes "Operation Car Wash," bringing down political and business leaders by the dozens. So too has Brazil's Congress adopted a series of dramatic, and effective, new anti-corruption laws, in response to public outcries for reform. It is deeply ironic, but not at all coincidental, that Brazil concurrently hosted the Summer Olympics. This paper chronicles the extraordinary series of events that connect - in a line that is straight but certainly not obvious - Brazil's modern anti-corruption movement with its hosting of the 2016 Summer Games.
Andrew B. Spalding, Brazil's Olympic-Era Anti-Corruption Reforms, 32 Md. J. Int'l L. 188 (2017).