"As societies build walls of separation between communities,
ICAAD works to remove each brick to illuminate our common humanity"

Dr. Klaus M. Alenfelder, LLM

 

Klaus Alenfelder is a lawyer since 1996 and Professor of Business Law at the University of Applied Sciences Northern Hesse. Klaus specializes in anti discrimination law. He represents victims of discrimination, employees, trade unions and works councils across Germany. He is admitted to practice in Germany.

A significant part of his work consists of seminars targeted at lawyers, judges, senior officials, HR Executives with leading national and international blue chip companies both in Germany and on a EU wide level. Since 2010 he regularly gives presentations for legal experts with the Academy of European Law. The Academy is supported by the EU and several other institutions. It provides training in European law to judges, legal practitioners and specialists from NGOs.

He regularly publishes editorials and books on employment and anti discrimination law.

Some of his positions:

  • Member International Law Association, London, (Committee on Feminism in International Law)
  • Council on Global Antidiscrimination, President
  • Head of Research Center on Labor Law and Antidiscrimination Law of the University of Applied Sciences Nordhessen
  • Professor at the University of Applied Sciences Nordhessen (Fachhochschule Nordhessen) since 2007 (lecturer since 2004)

Education & Training:

  • Legal studies, University of Bonn, Germany, 1996
  • Doctorate in law, University of Bonn, 2000, magna cum laude

Publications:

  • Author of the expert opinion about age discrimination in regulations of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia („Altersdiskriminierung in Vorschriften des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen“), 2008, for the State Ministry of Generations, Family, Women and Integration
  • Racism, Xenophobia and Ethnic Discrimination in Germany 2007, european forum for migration studies (efms), 2008
  • Author of Protection Against Discrimination in Labor Law (Deubner publishing house, two editions since 2006)
  • Professional Article e.g.:
    • Article “Damages in Discrimination Cases”, ERA Forum, Springer, 08/2012
    • “Greedy” plaintiffs and punitive damages, European Employment Law Cases, 12/2011, p. 17-25
    • 01/2010: Statistics As a Means of Prima Facie Proof, Journal on Labor Law and Anti-Discrimination Law (ZAD 1/2010), p. 8 – 21
    • 01/2010: Level of Damages in accordance with par. 15 sec. 2 AGG (Anti-Discrimination Law), Journal on Labor Law and Anti-Discrimination Law (ZAD 1/2010) p. 22 – 43

#RaiseYourShield

This Civil Rights and Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we’d like to challenge you to reflect on how fear may have influenced your opinions, especially of others, and to take a step towards the courage to overcome those fears. Why the focus on fear you might ask?

Famed marketer and author Simon Sinek in his book “Start with Why” outlines six typical manipulations used in sales and marketing, one of which is the use of fear. On fear, Sinek says, “When fear is being employed, facts are incidental. Deeply seated in our biological drive to survive, that emotion cannot be quickly wiped away with facts and figures.”

In the current political atmosphere, in the U.S. and around the globe, fear is often used by politicians and campaigners to polarize debates and to demonize marginalized communities, using them as scapegoats for the real economic, social, and political challenges that societies face.

Martin Luther King, Jr. understood how important fear is, so much so that he gave a sermon on it named “Antidotes for Fear.” It’s worth reading in its entirety, especially because it recognizes the importance, necessity, and creativity of fear (kinginstitute.stanford.edu/king-papers/documents/draft-chapter-xiv-mastery-fear-or-antidotes-fear). However, particularly pertinent section was highlighted by King’s wife Coretta Scott King in her book “My life with Martin Luther King, Jr”:

“First Martin spoke of the many kinds of fear that troubled men and women in this period of change and "calamitous uncertainty"— fear of illness or economic disaster, fear of personal inadequacy in our highly competitive society. More terrible was the fear of death, even racial annihilation, in this atomic age, when the whole world teetered on "a balance of terror . . . fearful lest some diplomatic faux pas ignite a frightful holocaust."

"Some fears are normal and necessary," he said, like the fear of snakes in a jungle, but when they become neurotic and unchecked, they paralyze the will and reduce a man to apathy or despair. He quoted Emerson, who wrote, "He has not learned the lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear."

How, then, to overcome fear? First, Martin said, "We must un-flinchingly face our fears . . . this confrontation will, to some measure, grant us power. . . . "Second, we can master fear through one of the supreme virtues known to man— courage . . . courage is the power of the mind to overcome fear.”"

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