Rob Calmer (LL.M.) is a Dutch lawyer of Asian descent.
In the nearly two decades since he left law school he
has been involved in the provision of legal aid, teaching,
management and consultancy.
He has worked as a legal practitioner and as a trial
lawyer for the Dutch government, a Dutch employers’
organisation in the educational field and for a legal
aid insurance company. He has taught labour law, social
security law and educational law at several educational
institutions, including the Free University in the city
of Amsterdam. He has managed several teams of lawyers
at a Dutch legal aid insurance company and managed several
projects concerning legal aid provision.
As a management consultant in South Africa Rob specialises
in legal aid provision, organisational development,
communication and knowledge management, and human resources
management. With a background with clients in the field
of education and legal aid provision Rob successfully
applies his expertise in other areas of (non) government
and corporate services. Rob’s recent assignments
for Lawyers for Human Rights in Pretoria (2002) include
the coordination of the establishment of three justice
centres for the new legal aid system of the Legal Aid
He also co-ordinated the organisation of the Pro Bono-conference
in May 2002, in which all associations of practising
lawyers in South Africa, the Department of Justice and
the Legal Aid Board, have agreed to engage in free legal
services for indigent individuals and communities.
The management evaluation Rob participated in (The
Netherlands, 1999) describes him as analytical and thorough,
with high standards on efficiency and reliability.