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The End of the Road for the Prince? Sixty Years after the Czechoslovak Confiscation of Liechtenstein Property

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  13 July 2006


In 1945 Czechoslovakia confiscated Liechtenstein property as reparation for the damage done by Nazi Germany. Private claims failed before the courts of Czechoslovakia, and international law did not provide Liechtenstein with a means of action against Czechoslovakia. When the property was on loan in Germany, a private case for recovery was declared inadmissible by the German courts, in line with Germany's international obligations. The European Court of Human Rights accepted these decisions. Liechtenstein, on the other hand, considered them to violate its sovereignty. In 2005, the International Court of Justice decided that it lacked temporal jurisdiction to rule on the issue.

HAGUE INTERNATIONAL TRIBUNALS: International Court of Justice
2006 Foundation of the Leiden Journal of International Law

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