Bio

Jurgen Goossens is Associate Professor of Constitutional and Administrative Law at Tilburg University. He is leader of the interdisciplinary NWO-MVI CHAIN project: 'Blockchain in the network society: transparency, trust and legitimacy by design' (2020-2024).

Before, he was Assistant Professor of Constitutional Law at Erasmus University of Rotterdam and Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Ghent University. Goossens holds an LL.M. degree from Yale Law School.

His research agenda focuses on constitutional resilience in our hyper-complex and hyper-connected society. He primarily researches the ability of constitutional values, principles, and procedures  to cope with the challenges, transformations and threats that come with the increased use of algorithms in administrative decision-making processes and digital network governance. Goossens also regularly embarks on legal educational innovation endeavors .

Expertise

Jurgen’s research agenda includes the identification, design and implementation of the conditions and mechanisms that contribute to constitutional resilience of the legal order to cope with transformations and threats in our hyper-complex and hyper-connected society.

Currently, he focuses on the ability of constitutional values, principles, and procedures to cope with the challenges, transformations and threats that come with the increased use of algorithms in administrative decision-making processes and digital network governance. Goossens pays particular attention to the relation between citizens and public bodies.

Together with Esther Keymolen, he leads the interdisciplinary NWO-MVI CHAIN project: 'Blockchain in the network society: transparency, trust and legitimacy by design' (2020-2024).

 

Teaching

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

Goossens teaches the courses 'Introduction to constitutional law', 'Legal protection against the government', and ‘Government and governance’. He regularly embarks on educational innovation endeavors, such as the use of interactive videos and knowledge clips, the use of an online whiteboard and visual collaboration platform (Miro), and the development of the serious game ‘Constitutional Temptations’. In 2021, he was nominated by the Executive Board as Tilburg University’s Teacher of the Year.

Courses

Collaboration

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 J. Marti-Henneberg (Ed.), European regions from 1870 till 2020: A geographic and historical insight into the process of European integration (pp. 21-29). Springer.
  3. Belgium

    Goossens, J., & DeCock, M. (2021). Belgium. In L. R. Barroso, & R. Albert (Eds.), The international review of constitutional reform : 2020 (pp. 32-36). Program on Constitutional Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.
  4. 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.
  5. The Netherlands - 2020 global review of constitutional law

    Goossens, J., Leenknegt, G-J., van Oirsouw, C., & van Vugt, E. (2021). The Netherlands: 2020 global review of constitutional law. In R. Albert , D. Landau, P. Faraguna , & S. Drugda (Eds.), The I·CONnect-Clough Center 2020 global review of constitutional law (pp. 202-206). Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy.

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