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Jurgen Goossens is associate professor of constitutional and administrative law at the Tilburg University and associate research fellow at Ghent Law School. Before, he was a postdoctoral research fellow with funding of the Flemish Research fund (2016-2018) at Ghent University. He was also tenure track assistant professor at the University of Rotterdam in Constitutional Law. Before, Jurgen Goossens was a PhD Research Fellow at Ghent University.

He obtained his degree of doctor in Law on 27 May 2016 with his PhD research on “The future of administrative justice: judicial review of administrative action in comparative perspective” see the link to his doctoral thesis.

In 2013, he obtained a Master of Laws at Yale Law School with a BAEF and Fulbright Fellowship. Prior to the LL.M., he obtained a Bachelor of Laws (magna cum laude, ranked second out of 494 students) and a Master of Laws (summa cum laude, ranked first out of 389 students) at Ghent University. In 2010, he was granted a Fellowship by the Flemish Government in order to pursue a public policy internship, a political leadership program and an advanced study in constitutional law at The Washington Center For Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC) in Washington D.C. TWC awarded him ‘The Washington Center Civic Engagement Award Fall 2010 for his advocacy campaign on Capitol Hill to oppose FGM.

Jurgen is a member of the editorial board of Chroniques de Droit Public/Publiekrechtelijke Kronieken, Juristenkrant, and Bamacodex, as well as member of the Constitutional Law Research Group and the Human Rights Centre of Ghent University. Additionally, he is lecturer ‘Structure of the Federal State’ at the Institute for Training of the Federal Government (OFO/IFA) in Brussels. Finally, he is founding editor of the Belgian Constitutional Law Blog.



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  • Professor at Tilburg University (Feb 2019 – ongoing)
  • Assistant professor of constitutional law at Erasmus University of Rotterdam (Oct 2016 – Jan 2019)
  • FWO postdoctoral fellow at Ghent University (Oct 2016 – Jan 2019)
  • PhD Research Fellow, Ghent University, Department of Constitutional law (Oct 2011 – May 2016)
  • Lecturer ‘Structure of the Federal State’, Institute for Training of the Federal Government (OFO/IFA) (Oct 2013 – ongoing)


University Degrees

  • Master of Law (LL.M.), Yale Law School, U.S. (2012 – 2013)
  • Master of National and International Public Law and Environmental Law (J.D.), Ghent University, Belgium (2009 – 2011), ranked 1st out of 389 students (greatest distinction)
  • Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) , Ghent University, Belgium (2006 – 2009), ranked 2nd out of 494 students (great distinction)

Additional programmes

  • Public Policy Internship, Constitutional Law and Political Leadership Program, The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, Washington, D.C. (Fall 2010)


  • ‘Structure of the Federal State’, Institute for Training of the Federal Government (OFO/IFA) (2013 – ongoing)


  • Fulbright Fellowship for Yale Law School, Commission for Educational Exchange Between The United States of America, Belgium and Luxembourg (2012 – 2013)
  • Belgian American Educational Foundation (B.A.E.F.) Fellowship for Graduate Study in the U.S., Francqui Foundation Fellowship for Yale Law School (2012 – 2013)
  • Frank Boas Scholarship for Graduate Study at Harvard Law School, not attended, (April 2012)
  • Awarded ‘Prize for Best Student of the Master of Laws’ at Ghent University (July 2011)
  • Honored with ‘The Washington Center Civic Engagement Award’ for lobbying campaign Capitol Hill to oppose Female Genital Mutilation (Fall 2010)
  • Nominated as a ‘Leader of Tomorrow’ at the St. Gallen symposium ‘Just Power’ (May 2011)


  • Member of the editorial board of CDPK, Chroniques de Droit Public / Publiekrechtelijke Kronieken, (2011 – ongoing)
  • Member of the editorial board of Bibliotheek Grondwettelijk Recht, die Keure (2011 – ongoing)
  • Member of the editorial board of Juristenkrant (2012 – ongoing)
  • Member of the editorial board of Bamacodex Staats- en Bestuursrecht, die Keure (2014 – ongoing)
  • Editor of the Yale Journal of International Law (2012 – 2013)


  • (Comparative) constitutional law
  • (Comparative and global) administrative law
  • Judicial protection against administrative action
  • Federalism


  • J. GOOSSENS and P. CANNOOT, “Belgian Federalism after the Sixth State Reform“, Perspectives on Federalism, 19 May 2015, vol. 7, issue 2, 29-55.
  • J. GOOSSENS, “The Constitutional Distribution of Judicial Powers between Federal and State Level. A Comparative Analysis”, in IUS GENTIUM: COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVES ON LAW AND JUSTICE (2015, Springer) (forthcoming).
  • J. GOOSSENS, “A Law and Economics Analysis of Federalism Applied to the Belgian Judiciary”, in POLISH YEARBOOK OF LAW & ECONOMICS (2013,C.H. Beck) 114-148 (selected papers of the 30th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Law and Economics).
  • J. GOOSSENS and Y. HAECK, “Opvulling van lacunes in de wetgeving – Evolutie van het Grondwettelijk Hof in België van negatieve tot positieve wetgever” [Filling gaps in legislation – Evolution of the Constitutional Court in Belgium from negative to positive legislator], Tijdschrift voor Constitutioneel Recht, 2014, 350-362.
  • J. GOOSSENS, “Elargissement et diversification du contrôle juridictionnel belge des actes administratifs. Appel pour l’utilisation du droit comparé et la création d’une vision claire” [Expansion and diversification of the judicial review of administrative acts in Belgium. Call for the use of comparative law and the creation of a clear policy vision], Revue Internationale de Droit Comparé [RIDC], 2012, 949-971.
  • J. GOOSSENS and L. VANDENHENDE, “Rechtshersteldecreet beoogt (opnieuw) integratiespoor-RUP’s te redden” [Restoration of Rights Decree aims (again) to rescue integration rail SIP’s], Rechtskundig Weekblad [RW] 2014-2015, 1203-1223.
  • J. GOOSSENS, “De vervaagde grens tussen burgerlijke en administratieve rechter” [The blurred distinction between administrative and civil judges], Tijdschrift voor Bestuurswetenschappen en Publiekrecht [TBP] 2014, 275-294.
  • J. GOOSSENS and J. MOLLIN, “Vlinderakkoord kondigt hertekening gerechtelijk landschap aan via artikel 144 Grondwet” [Butterfly Agreement announces reform of judicial landscape through Article 144 Constitution], Publiekrechtelijke Kronieken – Chroniques de Droit Public [CDPK], 2012, 76-105.
  • J. GOOSSENS and S. VANBELLE, “Institutioneel akkoord over de Bijzondere Financieringswet ontsluierd” [Institutional agreement on the Special Finance Act unveiled], RW 2011-2012, 1190-1208.
  • J. VANDE LANOTTE, G. GOEDERTIER, Y. HAECK, J. GOOSSENS, and T. DE PELSMAEKER, Belgisch Publiekrecht. Deel I en Deel II [Treatise Belgian Public Law. Part I and Part II], Bruges, die Keure, 2015, 839 p. and 834 p.
  • J. DUJARDIN, J. VANDE LANOTTE, J. GOOSSENS, and G. GOEDERTIER, Basisbegrippen publiekrecht [Lexicon Public Law], Bruges, die Keure, 2014, 461 p.


All publications by Jurgen Goossens are listed in the ‘Ghent University Academic Bibliography’, JurgenGoossens@BiblioUGent.

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