Bio

Thomas is a post-doctoral researcher at Tilburg University. He is affiliated to the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT) and the Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC).

Expertise

Thomas holds expertise in ICT law, and more specifically in the areas of competition law, platform regulation, data sharing, data governance and data protection issues linked to the data economy.

He currently works on the Sector Plan "Digital Legal Studies" (https://www.sectorplandls.nl/wordpress/about-us/), where he contributes to the research program “From Regulating Human Behavior to Regulating Data”, and to the sub-project “Protecting autonomy in a data-driven society”.

Before joining Tilburg University, Thomas worked for five years as a researcher at the CRIDS (Centre de Recherche Information, Droit et Société) of the University of Namur (Belgium), where he obtained his PhD in September 2021. His dissertation was titled: "Imposing data sharing among private actors: a tale of evolving balances".

Teaching

In addition to his research activities at Tilburg University, Thomas has teaching appointments at the University of Namur, where he teach the classes “ICT Law”, “Comparative Law and English Legal Terminology”, and “Environmental Law”.

Courses

Collaboration

In parallel to his doctoral research, Thomas has worked on various interdisciplinary research projects pertaining to the digitalisation of, and the use of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence by, public administrations (see https://soc.kuleuven.be/io/flexpub and https://soc.kuleuven.be/io/digi4fed).

He is also the editorial secretary of the journal “Revue des Technologies de l’Information et des Communications (R.D.T.I.)”.

He has been a visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition in Munich, from October to November 2018.

Recent publications

  1. Balancing fraud analytics with legal requirements: Governance practic…

    Simonofski, A., Tombal, T., de Terwangne, C., Willem, P., Frenay, B., & Janssen, M. (2022). Balancing fraud analytics with legal requirements: Governance practices and trade-offs in public administrations. Data & Policy, 4, [e14].
  2. Ensuring contestability and fairness in digital markets through regul…

    Tombal, T. (2022). Ensuring contestability and fairness in digital markets through regulation: A comparative analysis of the EU, UK and US approaches. European Competition Journal, 1-33.
  3. Imposing data sharing among private actors - A tale of evolving balan…

    Tombal, T. (2022). Imposing data sharing among private actors: A tale of evolving balances. (Information Law Series; Vol. 48). Kluwer Law International BV.
  4. Legal framework for the use of artificial intelligence and automated …

    Tombal, T., Willem, P., & de Terwangne, C. (2022). Legal framework for the use of artificial intelligence and automated decision-making in public governance. In J. Crompvoets, & E. Tan (Eds.), The new digital era governance: How new digital technologies are shaping public governance (pp. 141-178). Wageningen Academic Publishers.
  5. Legal framework for the use of big data and blockchain in public gove…

    Tombal, T., Willem, P., & de Terwangne, C. (2022). Legal framework for the use of big data and blockchain in public governance. In J. Crompvoets, & E. Tan (Eds.), The new digital era governance: How new digital technologies are shaping public governance (pp. 111-140). Wageningen Academic Publishers.

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