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

Julie Bernath, 2014

Book Review: „Resisting Gendered Norms. Civil Society, the Juridical and Political Space in Cambodia” by Mona Lilja (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013)

Journal of Contemporary Asia. 2014. Link.


22 November 2014

Academic input on "Post-Conflict Cambodia

Within the framwork of the "Master for Applied Conflict Transformation Studies" at the Cambodian Center for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPCS), swisspeace expert Julie Bernath gave a seminar on the topic of post-conflict Cambodia. More information on the CPCS.


19 - 21 November 2014

International Experts‘ Workshop on Stolen Assets and Hidden Wealth

Julie Bernath took part in a "International Experts' Workshop on Stolen Assets and Hidden Wealth: Theft, Recovery and Restitution " in Manila. More information.


17 - 18 November 2014

Digitally Archiving Stories for Peacebuilding

Elisabeth Baumgartner and Nicola Diday participated at the international conference on "Accounts of the Conflict: Digitally Archiving Stories for Peacebuilding" in Belfast. More information.


03 - 07 November 2014

Asian Exchange Meeting

swisspeace, together with Impunity Watch and Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), organised an Asian Exchange Meeting on “Memorialisation as an Alternative or Complementary Transitional Justice Measure – Exchange and Policy Development in Asia” in Bangkok, including civil society organisations and victims’ groups from several Asian countries. More information.