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

Stefan Prystawik, LLM, PhD


Stefan Prystawik works as a publicist in Chicago and Berlin, Germany. With his longstanding experience in individual strategic advice, governmental and non-governmental policy planning and in developing strategic solutions for his clients, he has been advising individuals and public figures such as lawmakers, the legal profession as well as government agencies, NGOs and companies in the U.S. and in Europe.

Stefan holds degrees in public law (LLM, Bielefeld, Germany) and sociology (PhD, Canterbury, U.K.) and has lectured at Kingston University Law School in London.He represents the Council on Global Antidiscrimination as Secretary General and is a Senior Fellow at Research Academy FoSAR in Germany. Stefan presently serves as General Counsel for PRC Law LL.C. as well as EU Coordinator of the European Anti-Discrimination Council.

He is a member of various press organizations and legal and civic associations, such as the Society of Professional Journalists, the American Bar Association and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He is Chief Executive of the Ride for Reading Foundation.


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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