A.B., Washington University in St. Louis; J.D., Columbia; Ph.D., University of Chicago
Chris Brummer is a Georgetown law professor and author. He also lectures widely on fintech, financial regulation and global governance. In this capacity, he routinely provides analysis for multilateral institutions and participates in global regulatory forums, and he has testified before US and EU legislative bodies. His work has been featured in CNN, Marketwatch, Fast Company, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Yahoo Money, Roll Call, Cointelegraph, and Coin Desk, among others.
Chris started his career at Cravath Swaine and Moore LLP, and now serves as the Faculty Director of the Institute of International Economic Law. Since assuming the post, he has lent his expertise to nonprofits and policymakers, and offered his insights as to how firms and governments can best understand and react to new developments and challenges in the financial system.
Aside from working as a professor and spearheading multiple initiatives related to financial regulation, he also serves as both a member of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Subcommittee on Virtual Currencies and the Consultative Working Group for the European Securities and Markets Authority’s Financial Innovation Standing Committee.
Chris also 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 2016 election. President Trump withdrew all outstanding nominations upon taking office.
Chris holds multiple degrees, including a J.D. with honors from Columbia Law School and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He is also the author and/or editor of several books, including Soft Law and the Global Financial System, Minilateralism, Cryptoassets: Legal, Regulatory and Monetary Perspectives, and Fintech Law in a Nutshell.
Chris has also served as the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of International Economic Law, an academic publication of Oxford University Press, and is the founder of Washington DC’s Fintech Week, an annual free event for the public.
"'Something Very Wrong Happened Here'," coverage by The New York Times, February 19, 2021, featuring Professor Chris Brummer.
"Georgetown's Brummer Calls for Regulators to Diversify Ranks," coverage by Bloomberg, February 17, 2021, featuring Professor Chris Brummer.
"Latest OCC Crypto Bank Approval Hints At Post-Trump Future," coverage by Law 360, February 10, 2021, featuring Professor Chris Brummer.
"What's Next for Crypto Regulation," coverage by The New York Times, January 30, 2021, featuring Professor Chris Brummer.