Dealing with the Past

Dealing with a legacy of gross human rights violations is one of the greatest challenges facing societies in the aftermath of violent conflict. Research suggests that there is a relationship between the ability to address this legacy in a comprehensive and inclusive manner and the potential to develop sustainable peace. The swisspeace Dealing with the Past (DwP) Program supports governmental and non-governmental actors in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of DwP activities. The program provides a wide range of training opportunities and contributes to the research-policy nexus through its research projects, conferences, publications and teaching.

Latest Activities and Publications

Otto Triffterer, Kai Ambos, 2016

Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. A Commentary

With commentaries by Elisabeth Baumgartner and Michael Cottier on Art. 8 of the Rome Statute (War Crimes). Link

Julie Bernath, 2015

Complex Political Victims' in the Aftermath of Mass Atrocity: Reflections on the Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Cambodia

In: International Journal of Transitional Justice 2015. Doi: 10.1093/ijtj/ijv026. Link

1 October 2015

Securing archives at risk

The conference on "securing archives at risk" took place on 1 October 2015 at the Hotel National in Bern. It was organized by swisspeace in collaboration with the Swiss Federal Archives and the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs in the scope of the “Archives and Dealing with the Past” project. Further Information / Conference Videos

28-29 September 2015

ICA Annual Conference

On 28 and 29 September 2015, the International Council of Archives (ICA) held its annual conference in Reykjavík, Iceland. During the conference, Lisa Ott gave a presentation on questions which arise with respect to «The role of business archives in dealing with serious human rights violations». The presentation was based on a paper drafted jointly by the Business & Peace and Dealing with the Past (DwP) Programs at swisspeace. Further Information

swisspeace, 2015

Dealing with the Past Newsletter (1/2015)

Find the latest information about the activities of swisspeace's Dealing with the Past (DwP) team in the new DwP Newsletter. Link and Registration