Maaike Geuens

Maaike Geuens, LLM

Doctor (PhD), dr.

  • Warandelaan 2, Montesquieu Building, room M 436

    5037 AB Tilburg



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Maaike Geuens is an assistant professor in Constitutional and Administrative law at Tilburg University with the Public Law and Governance Department. She also coordinates the Moot Court course "Oefenrechtbank" in the Bachelor of Law. She obtained her PhD in 2021 which focused on the European Citizens’ Initiative and its impact on the democratic functioning of the European Union.

She previously worked at the High Council for Small and Medium-sized Companies (Belgian Federal Government) as a legal counsel, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the University of Antwerp and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, where she conducted research in European law and comparative constitutional law and taught legal methodology.

She is a member of the Centre for Direct Democracy Studies, University of Białystok. She was on a three month research stay at the University of Graz, Austria, in 2016 and was a visiting fellow at the Institute for European Studies in 2018.

Research interests

Interests: Constitutional law, European Policy, European Institutions, Participation, Democracy, Citizens' Initiative, Deliberation, Democratic Innovation, DMP

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Education/Academic qualification

Law, PhD, The European Citizens' Initiative as an element of participatory democracy. A systemic analysis., University of Antwerp

Award Date: 25 May 2021

Law, Master’s Degree, International and European Law, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Award Date: 1 Jul 2008

Law, Master’s Degree, Public Law (Publiekrecht), Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Award Date: 1 Jul 2007

External positions

Guest lecturer (Universiteit Antwerpen)

1 Feb 202314 Sept 2023


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