Chris Brummer is a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s GeoEconomics Center. He focuses on the regulatory dimension of finance and trade, on global governance, as well as on transatlantic and global economic cooperation issues. In 2012, Brummer was awarded the Atlantic Council’s C. Boyden Gray Fellowship for Global Finance and Growth. He previously launched the Atlantic Council’s Transatlantic Finance Initiative, serving as the rapporteur of the Danger of Divergence: Transatlantic Financial Reform & the G20 Agenda, and has led the council’s efforts examining RMB internationalization.
Brummer is the director of Georgetown’s Institute of International Economic Law, one of the leading centers for the study of international economic law and policy in the world. Prior to joining Georgetown’s faculty with tenure in 2009, Brummer was an assistant professor of law at Vanderbilt Law School. He has also taught at several leading universities as a visiting professor including the universities of Basel, Heidelberg, and the London School of Economics. Brummer lectures on finance and global governance, securities and derivatives regulation, market microstructure, and international trade.
He has served on various NASDAQ delistings panels and has recently concluded a three-year term at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s national adjudicatory council. Previously, Brummer practiced corporate and securities law in the New York and London offices of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. In 2011, he joined the Washington offices of the Milken Institute where he is a senior fellow. In 2016, former US President Barack Obama nominated Brummer to the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
Brummer earned his JD, with honors, from Columbia Law School and he holds a PhD in Germanic studies from the University of Chicago. Brummer is the author of two books: Soft Law and the Global Financial System: Rule Making in the 21st Century (Cambridge University Press, 2nd edition 2015) and Minilateralism: How Trade Alliances, Soft Law, and Financial Engineering are Redefining Economic Statecraft (Cambridge University Press, 2014). Brummer is a fluent German and French speaker.