Rietje Obers works as researcher in the Research group Access to Justice. In addition, she encourages, supports and supervises student research into citizens’ best options to gain access to justice in practice. Access to justice is a basic right. This has led Rietje to conclude that legal assistance for citizens needs to be available, adequate, adaptable and accessible.
Rietje Obers is a member of the Eastern Noord-Brabant Bar Council, where she bears responsibility for the portfolios Funded Legal Assistance and Innovation. As a member and researcher of the Access to Justice Research group, she is involved in the Eindhoven community court, which was established at the initiative of the court of Eastern Noord-Brabant. As a lawyer in the Eastern Noord-Brabant region Rietje works to provide citizens with access to justice. As a lecturer, she also teaches students to help citizens exercise this right.
Moreover, Rietje works at the national level to maximise the effectiveness of the system – to ensure that every citizen can gain access to justice. In this role, she works according to the BAAT principle: ‘Beschikbaarheid, Aanvaardbaarheid, Aanpasbaarheid en Toegankelijkheid’ (‘Availability, Acceptibility, Adaptability and Accessibility’). BAAT is a guideline developed by the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights for the promotion of basic rights in the social domain.
Fields of expertise
- Access to Justice