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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


  • 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


On May 17, 2019, ICAAD Advisor Erin Thomas’ publication: Compacts of Free Association in FSM, RMI, and Palau: Implications for the 2023-2024 Renewal Negotiations (hrbrief.org/2019/03/compacts-of-free-association-in-fsm-rmi-and-palau-implications-for-the-2023-2...) was cited by the President of Palau, Tommy Remengesau Jr., in an op-ed published in The Hill (thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/foreign-policy/444291-pacific-defense-pact-renewal-vital-to-the-u...). In her piece, Erin points to critical issues stakeholders have raised regarding human trafficking, adoption policies, and COFA migrant rights among other important human rights issues.

Some of the above-mentioned policy gaps span several of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), particularly 10 (reduced inequalities) and 17 (partnership for the goals). Holistically, the existing COFA agreements represent the type of inequity that SDG 10 seeks to address. SDG 17 promotes inclusive and participatory decision-making at the international, national, and local levels. Developing transparency on both sides will allow for a more equitable process and outcome for the renewal negotiations.

The issues within the existing agreements also involve SDG 16 (peace, justice, and strong institutions) and limited access to justice regarding redress for nuclear testing and environmental destruction. This impacts targets and indicators including SDG 13 (climate action) and SDG 3 (good health and well-being). Finally, SDG 10 and 8’s targets for responsible migration policies are important considering the limited provisions for COFA migrants in the U.S. and U.S. territories.
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