Principality of Liechtenstein

SignedRatified
Rome Statute July 18, 1998 Oct. 2, 2001
APIC Sept. 21, 2004

Implementation Notes

Liechtenstein ratified the Rome Statute in October 2001. Concerns with regard to the immunity accorded to the sacred and inviolable person of the Prince were raised in relation to Article 27 of the Rome Statute. Since the Prince, according to the Constitution, has to endorse national laws and international treaties to which Liechtenstein accedes, it was understood that Article 27 would not conflict with Liechtenstein’s Constitution. The ratification Bill presented by the Government to Parliament was accompanied by implementing legislation covering the cooperation with the ICC. Liechtenstein’s Law on the Cooperation with the International Criminal Court encompasses all aspects necessary to guarantee cooperation with the ICC. Of particular interest is the creation of a national Victims’ Trust Fund, similar to the one created by the Court. Furthermore, Liechtenstein is particularly generous in allowing direct participation of ICC officials in national investigations and direct execution of investigative functions by ICC officials in Liechtenstein’s territory. Liechtenstein has not yet adopted legislation on the crimes under the ICC’s jurisdiction, opting for a later review of the Criminal Code. At present, only the crime of genocide is covered by existing legislation.

National Implementing Legislation

Gesetz über die Zusammenarbeit mit dem Internationalen Strafgerichtshof und anderen Internationalen Gerichten (ZIGG)
Liechtenstein Law of 20 October 2004 on Cooperation with the International Criminal Court and other International Tribunals

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