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Since November 2018, I am Full Professor of Administrative Law, Market & Data at Tilburg University. This chair in administrative law acts at the intersection of economic administrative law and information law. In particular, my research focuses on the role of administrative law in times of market-driven and data-driven approaches to public administration.

Before my appointment in Tilburg, I studied Law and Mathematics at VU University (Amsterdam). In 2013, I obtained my PhD degree cum laude for successfully defending my doctoral thesis on the allocation of limited rights (licences, concessions, contracts, subsidies).

Currently, I am co-leader (with Anne Meuwse) of the research project 'Citizen-friendly data communication' (2017-2021), funded by NWO in the Responsible Innovation programme (MVI).


Allocation issues in administrative law have been at the core of my research ever since my doctoral research. I aim to develop general rules of administrative law that apply to all kinds of settings where public authorities have to make a choice between equally suitable candidates, since the number of rights (licences, subsidies, etc.) available for grant is limited. To that end, my research combines insights from different fields of law (e.g. telecommunications law and public procurement law) and from other disciplines than law (e.g. auction theory). Gradually, this research line has been extended to the impact of EU internal market law on different fields of administrative law, including economic law and environmental law, in general.

A new research pillar concerns the interface of administrative law and data science. Within the NWO-MVI project 'Citizen-friendly data communication', I am particularly interested in consistent decision-making and algorithmic transparency.


I am involved in different courses in the bachelor and master programs of Tilburg University. Apart from teaching in the Law programs, I am also involved in introductory courses on administrative law in the Data Science program and the Tax Economics program.



Collaboration with other (research) partners is essential for conducting excellent and impactful research. For that reason, we collaborate intensely with a consortium of public and private partners in the NWO-MVI project 'Citizen-friendly data communication'.

I am also involved in the practice of administrative law as a deputy judge in the administrative court of Rotterdam, as member of the internal appeals committee of the Dutch Research Council (NWO) and as a research partner of the Netherlands Gaming Authority (Kansspelautoriteit).




Recent publications

  1. Noot bij ABRvS 3 oktober 2018, Wet hergebruik overheidsinformatie -

    Balvert, A., & Wolswinkel, J. (2019). Noot bij ABRvS 3 oktober 2018, Wet hergebruik overheidsinformatie. Mediaforum, 2019(1), 23-26.
  2. Inbesteding bij schaarse vergunningen? - Institutionele excepties op …

    Wildemors, R., & Wolswinkel, J. (2019). Inbesteding bij schaarse vergunningen? Institutionele excepties op de transparantieverplichting. Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Europees Recht, 2019(3/4), 119-127.
  3. De laatste stelling van Struiksma: over juridisch cyclisme -

    Wolswinkel, J. (2019). De laatste stelling van Struiksma: over juridisch cyclisme. In P. J. Huisman, A. R. Neerhof, & F. J. van Ommeren (Eds.), Verwant met verband: Ruimte, Recht en Wetenschap: Vriendenbundel voor prof. mr. J. Struiksma (pp. 149-159). Den Haag: Stichting Instituut voor Bouwrecht.
  4. Economic law meets environmental law - New expansion of the services …

    Wolswinkel, J. (2019). Economic law meets environmental law: New expansion of the services directive? In S. Tans, & M. Veenbrink (Eds.), Upgrading trade and services in EU and international economic law (pp. 41-61). (Radboud Economic Law Series; Vol. 3). Tilburg: Wolf Legal Publishers (WLP).
  5. Het algoritme van de Afdeling: de realiteit van complex bestuursrecht…

    Wolswinkel, J. (2019). Het algoritme van de Afdeling: de realiteit van complex bestuursrecht. Ars Aequi, 68(oktober), 776-785. [AA20190776].

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