The Institute

Founded in 1979, the Liberal Institute pursues as its mission the research of the ideas of freedom. The Institute advances the Swiss tradition and culture of individual liberty, peace, openness and political diversity and furthers the development of the liberal intellectual tradition.

Private autonomy on the basis of property and contract and the free exchange of ideas and material goods on open markets in a non-centralized order serves as a guiding principle.

As the first independent Swiss-wide think tank with an international outlook, the Liberal Institute works in four languages: German, French, Italian and English. It develops different activities from its headquarters of Geneva, Lugano, and Zurich.

At the core of the activities of the Liberal Institute lie diverse publications and various public and private events. The Institute organizes special programs for students and several topic-related initiatives and offers in the context of its mission many services. It cooperates Switzerland-wide and internationally with organizations pursuing similar goals. The Liberal Institute presents every year the Röpke-Preis für Zivilgesellschaft to individuals who have made a significant contributions for the culture of liberty in Switzerland. At its Bern site, the Institute maintains a Library of Liberty, which is available to students, researchers, and other interested parties.

To sustain its commitment for liberal ideas, the Liberal Institute depends on private support. With your interest in the activities of the Institut you can play a substantial role in promoting the intellectual foundation of a free society of responsible individuals.