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Liechstenstein has dedicated counterterrorism provisions in its Criminal Code based on domestic law from 2003. There is no carve-out for the exercise of fundamental human rights. A 2008 law addresses the financing of terrorism.

Compliance with International Law:
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The Definition of Terrorism in Domestic Law

Terrorism is defined in the Criminal Code of Liechtenstein as a series of predicate offences (murder, bodily injury, kidnapping for ransom, serious coercion, serious damage to property or damage to data if life or property could thereby be greatly endangered, offences wilfully dangerous to public safety or wilful endangerment through pollution of water or air, air piracy, wilful endangerment of aviation safety, or a weapons offence):

if the offence is capable of resulting in serious or enduring disruption of public life or serious damage to economic activity, and if the act is committed for the purpose of intimidating the population in a grave way, to coerce public authorities or an international organization into an act, acquiescence, or omission, or to seriously unsettle or destroy the fundamental political, constitutional, economic, or social structures of a State or international organization.S. 278c, Criminal Code of Liechtenstein.

Adherence to Global and Regional Terrorism Treaties


Liechstenstein is a State Party to all of the main United Nations treaties on terrorism.


Adherence to Global Terrorism Treaties
Treaty Adherence
1973 Convention on Crimes against Internationally Protected Persons State Party
1979 Hostage-Taking Convention State Party
1997 Terrorist Bombings Convention State Party
1999 Terrorist Financing Convention State Party
2005 Nuclear Terrorism Convention State Party


Liechstenstein is also a State Party to most of the main regional treaties on terrorism.


Adherence to Regional Terrorism Treaties
Treaty Adherence
1977 European Convention on the Suppression of Terrorism State Party
2003 Protocol amending the European Convention on the Suppression of Terrorism State Party
2005 Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism State Party
2015 Additional Protocol to the Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism State not party

Laws and Penalties for Terrorist Offences

Sanctions for terrorist acts can amount to one and a half times the maximum sentence for the criminal act as fixed by the Criminal Code.S. 278c, Criminal Code of Liechtenstein.

Anyone who participates in a terrorist group as a member or who supports the group financially is punishable with imprisonment of between one and ten years.S. 278b, Criminal Code of Liechtenstein.

Counterterrorism Capacities and Policies at Domestic Level

Liechtenstein does not have a dedicated counterterrorism unit in its national police.


Criminal Code of Liechtenstein (Extracts in English)