Sept. 17, 2023

The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination at Princeton University (LISD) was honored to host a visit by His Serene Highness, Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein, and Her Royal Highness, Hereditary Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein, September 16-17, 2023.

During their inaugural visit to Princeton, the princely couple met with the leadership of Princeton University, the School of Public and International Affairs, the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination, as well as faculty and students.  The Princely couple also had the opportunity to meet with LISD alumni, members of the University community, and of the township at a formal reception. Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie attended a special afternoon tea seminar with student members of the LISD’s International Policy Associates, and also could learn about analyses and investigations by graduate and undergraduate students on a variety of critical foreign policy and domestic matters in a special seminar."

Hereditary Prince Alois is the eldest son of Prince Hans-Adam II, the Reigning Prince of Liechtenstein, and Princess Marie, nee Countess Marie Kinsky von Wchinitz und Tettau, who passed in 2021. Hereditary Prince Alois is destined to succeed to the throne and has already been the Acting Head of State of the Principality of Liechtenstein since August 15, 2004. Hereditary Princess Sophie, Duchess in Bavaria, born to the House of Wittelsbach, is the eldest of five daughters of Duke Max and Duchess Elizabeth in Bavaria. She is now the president of the Liechtenstein Red Cross. They have four grown-up children.

Prince Hans-Adam II, the Reigning Prince of Liechtenstein, and Hereditary Prince Alois generously endowed the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination at Princeton University with $12 million in 2000 and are members of the institute’s Advisory Board.

After the stimulating conversations at Princeton, Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie went to New York City, where Hereditary Princess Sophie met with leaders of international humanitarian organizations, while Hereditary Prince Alois had bilateral meetings, including with the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres.

As a background:  Principality of Liechtenstein, in spite of its small size, plays an important role at the UN, especially in development assistance, in humanitarian work like the World Food Program, and in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals. Liechtenstein has also been a key actor in the establishment of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the definition of the Crime of Aggression.

In April 2022, Liechtenstein marked a historic victory as the General Assembly adopted a resolution by consensus to raise the political cost of exercising the veto by the five permanent members of the Council:  China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The goal of the “veto initiative,” which Liechtenstein launched in 2020, is to ensure that when the Council reaches a dead end on taking action in a crisis or other critical global problem through using the veto, those responsible for blocking the progress are held accountable in the 193-member General Assembly (GA). All UN member countries have an equal say in the GA, and no one has a veto.