Country: Liechtenstein 

Director: Dr. Christian Frommelt



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The Liechtenstein Institute was founded in 1986 as a private, independent research institute at university level. Since its foundation, the Liechtenstein Institute has pursued the goal of working on research topics relevant to Liechtenstein in the fields of history, politics, law, and economics. The Liechtenstein Institute is supported by a non-profit association and also receives funding from public sources. Its main organs are the Members’ General Assembly, the Board of Management, the Director and the Academic Council.

The research carried out by the Liechtenstein Institute is pursued in longer-term projects which may span several years as well as in shorter studies, interdisciplinary projects and international cooperation. The Liechtenstein Institute achieves its goals through academic research, teaching, publications, contributions to external scientific conferences, its own events, media coverage, and international cooperation. In addition, the staff of the Liechtenstein Institute prepare expert reports and studies, supervise dissertations and diploma theses, and teach within the framework of continuing professional education, adult education, and at universities and colleges.

The research carried out by the Liechtenstein Institute aims to provide scientifically sound answers to central questions on Liechtenstein’s history, present, and future, on the region, and on small states in general, and thus contribute to a better understanding of Liechtenstein among the domestic and foreign public.

The Liechtenstein Institute has established itself as a research institute with a flourishing network of connections, both national and international. Exchange with other research and educational institutions is just as important as the dialogue with representatives of the political, economic and social spheres. In many of its areas of research the Liechtenstein Institute is the sole academic-scientific institution in Liechtenstein which devotes itself to issues that are of importance for the country and its neighbouring regions.

The Liechtenstein Institute stands out by virtue of its expertise, its independence and its interdisciplinary approach. There is an unqualified commitment to freedom in its research and teaching. The Liechtenstein Institute is likewise committed to the principles of transparency and auditability. With regard to its publications it pursues an Open Access strategy.

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