The Liechtenstein Institute was founded in 1986 as a private, independent university level research institute, committed to carrying out Liechtenstein-related research in the fields of history, politics, law and economics. In doing so, the Liechtenstein Institute played a pioneering role in the development of Liechtenstein as a centre for research.
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. This latter is composed predominantly of professors from a number of foreign universities.
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.
The research carried out by the Liechtenstein Institute produces new insights and links existing knowledge to the special circumstances of Liechtenstein. This allows the Institute to provide scientifically based answers to core questions relating to the past, present and future of Liechtenstein, its region, and of small states in general.
The research findings help the public, both at home and abroad, to better understand Liechtenstein. They foster a cosmopolitan and differentiated self-perception within Liechtenstein and support the sustainable development of the country. The research carried out by the Liechtenstein Institute includes both basic research and applied research aimed at solving specific problems. This research is pursued in longer-term projects which may span several years as well as in shorter studies, interdisciplinary projects and international cooperations.
The Liechtenstein Institute realises its goals through research, teaching, publications, contributions to external academic conferences, in-house events, media contributions and international cooperations. Its employees produce studies and offer expert opinions, supervise work on dissertations and diplomas, and educate within the context of professional development and adult further education, as well as at universities and other higher educational institutions. The Institute offers places for PhD students and internships as a contribution to helping young academics in their development. In addition, the Liechtenstein Institute serves as a point of contact for academics from both Liechtenstein and abroad.