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.

The biggest project of the DwP Program at swisspeace currently is:

The Archives and Dealing with the Past project provides support to actors in the field of transitional justice and dealing with the past related to the protection, preservation and management of human rights archives. Learn more

Latest Activities and Publications

25 May 2016

Conference on Problematizing Reconciliation in Local Contexts and the Role of the International Community

Djané Adou participated by speaking on the topic of “Transitional Justice and National Reconciliation in Côte d’Ivoire: diverging directions and therapies of a crisis” at the conference held by the University of Leiden in the Hague. The conference attempted to deepen the meaning of reconciliation in local contexts and trace the influence of the international community on reconciliation.


20 May 2016

Course on Dealing with the Past: Theory & Practice

swisspeace conducted the 5-day course at the University of Basel. The course focused on the the design and implementation of effective "dealing with the past" processes and was well attended by many participants from all over the world. Further information.


20 May 2016

Conference Commons in a "Glocal" world: global connections and local responses

Djané Adou held a presentation with the title "Mining industry and Local Peacebuilding in War-Torn States: the Ity mining and the local governance dynamic in Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa" at the University of Bern.


swisspeace, 2016

Dealing with the Past Newsletter (1/2016)

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


Briony Jones, Ingrid Oliveira, 2016

Truth Commission Archives as New Democratic Spaces

In: Journal of Human Rights Practice, Vol. 8 (1): 6-24.