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Robert Wallner

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    Professional affiliation

    Prosecutor General of the Principality of Liechtenstein

    Full Biography

    Dr. iur. Robert Wallner is the Prosecutor General of the Principality of Liechtenstein. As the Head of the Liechtenstein’s Public Prosecutors Office (PPO) he is in charge of all criminal investigations and prosecutions.

    After graduating from Karl-Franzens-University in Innsbruck, Austria, he worked as a Richteramtsanwärter at various courts in Austria and was appointed to be a judge at the District Court in Innsbruck in 1986, where he heard civil and criminal matters. In 1988 he became a Public Prosecutor at the Prosecutors Office for the Province of Tyrol, Austria.

    In 2000 the government of Liechtenstein appointed Wallner to be the new Prosecutor General of Liechtenstein. Wallner reorganised the PPO and built up a network of international contacts. By successfully prosecuting financial crimes in Liechtenstein and enhancing cooperation and Mutual Legal Assistance with foreign jurisdictions the PPO of Liechtenstein became a respected and reliable partner in the international fight against crime. Wallner made asset seizure and forfeiture a priority in the work of his office. Liechtenstein became one of the first civil law jurisdictions to successfully conclude major in rem (civil)-forfeiture cases. Wallner served as an expert in the STAR (Stolen Asset Recovery) program of the World Bank and the UN.

    Wallner assists the government in drafting new legislation in the fields of criminal law, money laundering, due diligence, mutual legal assistance and administrative assistance including the exchange of information in tax matters. He served in numerous delegations negotiating bilateral and multilateral treaties like the MLAT with the US, the association of Liechtenstein to Schengen and Dublin and the Anti-Frauds-Agreement with the EU.

    Apart from Financial Crime, Money Laundering and MLA he is an expert in sports law and has published articles on liability in mountain sports. He is the Austrian delegate to the Legal and Safety Committee of the International Skiing Federation (FIS).