Jurgen Goossens is Associate Professor of Constitutional and Administrative Law at Tilburg University. He is leader of the interdisciplinary project 'Blockchain in the network society: in search of transparency, trust and legitimcacy' (NWO-MVI).

In addition, he teaches constitutional law at the Institute for Training of the Federal Government in Brussels and is head of YCC LEAG of the American Society of Comparative Law.

Before, he was Assistant Professor of Constitutional Law at Erasmus University of Rotterdam and Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Ghent University. Goossens defended his PhD 'The future of administrative justice: judicial review of administrative action in comparative perspective' at Ghent University. He also holds an LLM degree from Yale Law School.

His most recent book  is ‘J. Goossens, K. Verslype & T.F.E. Tjong Tjin Tai, Blockchain en smart contracts: herijking van de rol van de vertrouwde tussenpersoon (Sdu)'.


Jurgen Goossens primarily analyzes the relation between citizens and public bodies from a (national and comparative) constitutional and administrative law perspective.

He focuses on:

1° legal protection of citizens against government and the development of 'responsive administrative law'

2° citizen participation and constitutional change,

3° complexity and hyper-connectivity due to the use of algorithms and distributed technologies by public bodies.


Jurgen Goossens teaches constitutional and administrative law courses. He has a particular expertise in comparative constitutional and administrative law and holds a Senior Qualification Education (SKO). He is regularly involved in educational innovation projects.

Goossens teaches the bachelor courses 'Introduction to Constitutional Law' and  'Legal protection against the government', as well as the master courses 'The executive branch' and 'Advanced Constitutional and Administrative Law'.



Jurgen Goossens is regularly involved in interdisciplinary research projects, most recently related to the rule of law conditions for the use of algorithms (smart contracts)  and distributed technologies (blockchain).

He has been awarded 1 million euros for conducting research into transparent, trustworthy, legitimate applications of blockchain technology by the Dutch government in the complex network society. The project is financed by the Dutch Research Council (NWO) as well as a consortium of five public and seven private parties. See press release.

Goossens is available for professional trainings, presentations, lectures, keynotes and workshops. Moreover, he has an expertise in communicating scientific research to a broader audience.

Recent publications

  1. Algoritmische beslisregels vanuit constitutioneel oogpunt - Tweedelin…

    Goossens, J., Hirsch Ballin, E., & van Vugt, E. (2021). Algoritmische beslisregels vanuit constitutioneel oogpunt: Tweedeling tussen algemene regels en concrete toepassing onder druk. Tijdschrift voor constitutioneel recht, 12(1), 4-19.
  2. Belgium

    Goossens, J., & Hendriks, F. (2021). Belgium. In 'European Regions from 1870 till 2020. A Geographic and Historical Insight into the Process of European Integration (pp. 21-30). Springer.
  3. Challenges and opportunities of blockchain and smart contracts for de…

    Goossens, J. (2021). Challenges and opportunities of blockchain and smart contracts for democracy in the distributed, algorithmic state. In O. Pollicino, & G. De Gregorio (Eds.), Blockchain and Public Law: global challenges in the era of decentralisation (pp. 76-88). Edward Elgar Publishing.
  4. International Review of Constitutional Reform in Belgium

    Goossens, J., & DeCock, M. (2021). International Review of Constitutional Reform in Belgium. In L. R. Barroso, & R. Albert (Eds.), 2020 International Review of Constitutional Reform (pp. 32-36). Program on Constitutional Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.
  5. Luxembourg

    Hendriks, F., & Goossens, J. (2021). Luxembourg. In J. Marti-Henneberg (Ed.), 'European Regions from 1870 till 2020. A Geographic and Historical Insight into the Process of European Integration (pp. 39-44)

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