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, 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 has testified before US and EU legislative bodies.
Chris started his career at Cravath Swaine and Moore LLP, and now serves as the Faculty Director of the Institute of International Economic Law. For over a decade, 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 and organizations 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. The nomination was withdrawn by President Trump upon taking office.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 Fintech Law in a Nutshell and Cryptoassets: Legal, Regulatory and Monetary Perspectives.
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.
"There have only been a handful of Black financial regulators, for generations," coverage by Marketplace, September 7, 2020, featuring Professor Chris Brummer.
"Purity test: Democrats clash over Biden diversity goals," coverage by Politico, September 7, 2020, featuring Professor Chris Brummer.
"To close the racial wealth gap, put more Blacks in the seats of power," an opinion piece in Market Watch, August 19, 2020, featuring Professor Chris Brummer.
"Just 3% of top financial regulators in last 106 years were Black," coverage by Yahoo Money, July 28, 2020, featuring Professor Chris Brummer.