Joost “Legal Beetle” Gerritsen

Who I am and
what I do

With more than 13 years of experience, lawyer Joost “Legal Beetle” Gerritsen is a household name. He helps organisations in government, education, healthcare and business navigate through the jungle of legislation on data & technology.
He does so in an accessible way – always with a smile.

In addition to being a lawyer, Joost is an established author, researcher and speaker. Always in the field of new technologies like Artificial Intelligence, robotics and big data.

He is the co-founder of the Association of AI Lawyers (VAI-A), CEO of Digibeetle and frequent guest at the PrivacyPod.

Read more about Joost’s work as a lawyer, speaker, writer and researcher. Or contact him directly.

Lawyer, speaker, writer, researcher

Joost Gerritsen is an AI, Data & Privacy lawyer with more than 13 years of experience. He focuses mainly on new technologies and solving issues around AI, big data and robotics. His clients have a social focus. They include governments, trade and professional associations, knowledge institutes, universities and companies.

Joost has extensive experience as an author-researcher and speaker. For instance, Joost conducts research on emerging technologies and their impact on society. He usually does this with the Rathenau Institute. His publications cover, for example, the synthetic cell, face recognition, surveillance in the workplace or fundamental rights and AI.

In addition, Joost is a much sought-after speaker for lectures and knowledge sessions on the legal-ethical impact of AI. For example, for the Dutch Tax Authority, the Delfland Water Authority or the Dutch Government ICT Guild. He does this for data scientists, researchers, lawyers or board members, for example. Each time with a focus on the legal-ethical dilemmas that arise when building or deploying AI. Other organisations that have hired Joost for lectures include, among others, InnoTeP/Radboud University, the Rotterdam School of Management (Erasmus University) as part of the Executive Programme called “Leadership Challenges in Big Data” and Utrecht University’s Summer Course “Regulating Big Tech”. Joost is also a guest speaker at the Utrecht University Data School.

Utrecht University has also asked Joost to write a manual for data scientists. This allows them to easily comply with the privacy law. So he enjoys sharing knowledge by writing. Meanwhile, Joost has more than 25 publications to his name.


The firm “Legal Beetle” seems like a one-man-show, but that is not true. Joost does the work, but it is only possible thanks to the help of others.

From his family, for instance. For instance, his brother lawyer Paul Gerritsen acts as a sounding board and his father created the paintings that serve as publication covers.

Or what about his friends and acquaintances. Who suggest cases and advertise his services. Also thanks to Studio Bovenkamer who created this website and the talented Eva who is responsible for the photographs.

Then, of course, there are the clients. Without them, no business!

Joost would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supports him. Without you, Legal Beetle would not have been possible.

Thank you!



Dutch Bar Association | NOvA

Dutch Association for AI Lawyers | VAI-A

Dutch Privacy Law Association | VPR

European Communities Trademark Association | ECTA

Accessible with a smile, for ethical organisations

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