Research Center Liechtensteinisches Recht


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Hubertus Schumacher (Department of Civil Legal Procedure) retired

Stellvertretender Leiter

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Peter Bußjäger (Department of Public Law and Political and Administrative Sciences )

Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Alexander Schopper (Department of Company and Taxation Law)

Research Objectives

The Faculty of Law of the University of Innsbruck is intent on sharpening its profil in connection with the legal situation in the adjacent principality of Liechtenstein. This shall not only underline and revitalize our Faculty´s basic concept as the regional university among others for Liechtenstein, as it is also laid down in our current plan for development. In addition to this, research and teaching are to be pursued at the best possible rate. The already firmly established longstanding activities of scholars of the numerous departments within the Faculty of Law, in in research, teaching and in practice, shall be made more visible for the respective audience. By combining these fields, the Faculty of Law aims at further developing the foci of research and creating a more enticing area of activity.

Liechtenstein´s legal framework offers a perfect opportunity to consider its legislation from the different fields of law. The principality, which stand as an example of a hereditary constitutional monarchy based on a democratic as well as parliamentary foundation in constitutional law, in fact is often regarded as a microstate due to its small number of inhabitants as well as relatively small geographical area. Nevertheless, the principality of Liechtenstein functions as an important international center of finance with many a domicile company and is also part of the European Economic Area (EEA). Liechtenstein´s private law system is largely influenced by the Austrian as well as the Swiss legal system. In addition, common law features can also be found, for example concerning the Liechtensteinian Trust Law. Therefore, it is vital for a jurist to be educated in various interdisciplinary legal areas.

The strong connection between the Austrian legal system and the legal system of Liechtenstein began more than 200 years ago. Liechtenstein is a so-called country of reception, which means that in the course of the 19th century, Liechtenstein took over whole bodies of law en bloc. This mélange of laws consisting of autonomous Liechtensteinian law, received Austrian and Swiss law institutes a most fascinating field of legal work. The jurisdiction of Liechtenstein is also a very popular topic among students. The number of students who write their diploma thesis in the field of Liechtensteinian law is on a constant rise.

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