A.B., Washington University in St. Louis; J.D., Columbia; Ph.D., University of Chicago
Chris Brummer is the Agnes N. Williams Research Professor and Faculty Director of Georgetown’s Institute of International Economic Law. He lectures widely on fintech, finance and global governance, as well as on public and private international law, market microstructure and international trade. In this capacity, he routinely provides analysis for multilateral institutions and participates in global regulatory forums, and he periodically testifies before US and EU legislative bodies.
He recently concluded a three-year term as a member of the National Adjudicatory Council of FINRA, an organization empowered by Congress to regulate the securities industry, where his work was praised as making a significant contribution to advancing investor protection. He was then nominated twice by President Obama to serve as a Commissioner on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and received unanimous approval for the post by the Senate Agriculture Committee prior to the 2017 election. The nomination was withdrawn by President Trump upon taking office.
Professor Brummer is the author of several books, most recently Minilateralism: How Trade Alliances, Soft Law and Financial Engineering are Redefining Economic Statecraft (2014). He is currently editing a joint Georgetown-IMF publication on Cryptoassets, and is writing book on Fintech Law. He is also the founder of Washington’s Fintech Week.
Mr. Brummer earned his J.D. with honors from Columbia Law School and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Before becoming a professor, he practiced law in the New York and London offices of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. He has also served as a Senior Fellow at the Milken Institute and was the inaugural C. Boyden Gray Fellow at the Atlantic Council, where he launched the think tank’s Transatlantic Finance Initiative.
Professor Brummer has taught at several leading universities in varying capacities including the universities of Basel, Heidelberg, Vanderbilt, the University of Pennsylvania, and the London School of Economics. More on his scholarship can be found here.
"CQ: Fintech Beat by CQ: The real-time payments debate," an opinion piece by Professor Chris Brummer, appearing in CQ and through U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley, August 13, 2019.
"Chris Brummer on Facebook's Digital Currency", coverage in Washington Journal/C-SPAN, August 2, 2019, interviewing Faculty Director of the Institute of International Economic Law and Professor Chris Brummer.
"Industry leaders, academics weigh in on Facebook’s Libra crypto plans," a Wolter Kluwer blog on World Securities, July 19, 2019, quoting Professor Chris Brummer.
Professor Chris Brummer provided testimony before the United States House Committee on Financial Services hearing on Examining Facebook’s Proposed Cryptocurrency and Its Impact on Consumers, Investors, and the American Financial System, July 17, 2019.