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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 new book ‘J. Goossens, K. Verslype & T.F.E. Tjong Tjin Tai, Blockchain en smart contracts: herijking van de rol van de vertrouwde tussenpersoon (Sdu)' will be launched on 23 April.


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', 'Legal protection against the government', and the master course 'Enforcement 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. (Accepted/In press). Algoritmische beslisregels vanuit constitutioneel oogpunt: Tweedeling tussen algemene regels en concrete toepassing onder druk. Tijdschrift voor constitutioneel recht, 12(1), 4-19.
  2. Algoritmische beslisregels en geautomatiseerde feitenvaststelling: Ge…

    Goossens, J., Hirsch Ballin, E., & van Vugt, E. (2020). Algoritmische beslisregels en geautomatiseerde feitenvaststelling: Gevolgen voor de fundamentele uitgangspunten van het Nederlandse constitutionele recht: Preadvies Staatsrechtconferentie 2020. Universiteit Utrecht. https://www.uu.nl/sites/default/files/Goossens%2C%20Hirsch%20Ballin%20en%20Van%20Vugt%20-%20Preadvies%20Staatsrechtconferentie%202020.pdf
  3. The Netherlands - 2019 global review of constitutional law

    Goossens, J., Leenknegt, G-J., van der Schyff, G., & van Vugt, E. (2020). The Netherlands: 2019 global review of constitutional law. In R. Albert, D. Landau, P. Faraguna, & Š. Drugda (Eds.), The I·CONnect-Clough Center 2019 Global Review of Constitutional Law (pp. 349-353). Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy. https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3736382
  4. Effectieve rechtsbescherming bij algoritmische besluitvorming in het …

    de Poorter, J., & Goossens, J. (2019). Effectieve rechtsbescherming bij algoritmische besluitvorming in het bestuursrecht. Nederlands Juristenblad , 2019(44), 3303-3312. [2777].
  5. België, quo vadis? - Het relaas van een regerings-, migratie- en syst…

    Goossens, J. (2019). België, quo vadis? Het relaas van een regerings-, migratie- en systeemcrisis. Tijdschrift voor constitutioneel recht, 10(4), 379-390.

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