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Jurgen Goossens- LL.M. Candidate ‘13

I am currently part of the LL.M. class of 2013. Although I was awarded the Frank Boas Scholarship for Graduate Study at Harvard, I instead chose to pursue the Master of Laws at Yale Law School. Compelling reasons for my decision were the selectiveness of the program (only 25 students are admitted each year), the unique preparation for an academic career, the top-notch faculty members and research in public law, and the student-faculty ratio of 8.46/1 which greatly contributes to interaction with professors. Moreover, I was granted a Fulbright and B.A.E.F. (Belgian American Education Foundation) Fellowship to pursue an advanced study of law at Yale.

During my LL.M. year, I am serving as an editor for the Yale Journal of International Law. My research mainly focuses on (global and comparative) constitutional and administrative law, as well as judicial review of administrative action and a law and economics analysis of federalism. Together with two other graduate students, I am organizing a student-run International Affairs Speaker Series. The first speaker was the United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Šimonovic.

Prior to the LL.M., I 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, Belgium. In 2010, I was granted a Fellowship of the Flemish Government 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 has awarded me 'The Washington Center Civic Engagement Award Fall 2010 for my advocacy campaign on Capitol Hill to oppose FGM. This great experience in D.C. motivated me to apply for an LL.M. in the States.

I am a member of the editorial board of Chroniques de Droit Public/Publiekrechtelijke Kronieken, as well as member of the Constitutional Law Research Group and the Human Rights Centre of Ghent University. Since October 2011, I have been pursuing a Ph.D. in Law with a Fellowship of the Research Fund at Ghent University. My doctoral research focuses on the vertical and horizontal division of power regarding administrative justice. On the one hand, I focus on the question whether the federal or state level should regulate the judicial review of administrative action. On the other hand, I analyze the options of judicial pluralism, i.e. a distinction between ordinary and administrative courts without a higher court supervising the uniform application of the law (e.g. France), and judicial monism, i.e. an integrated court system (e.g. U.S.). Based on a comparative legal analysis, I will develop proposals to reform administrative justice in the Belgian system of judicial pluralism.