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

Mandate for the FDFA, 2015

Atelier Traitement du Passé pour l’Afrique francophone

swisspeace conducted a regional Workshop in Dakar, Senegal, 27 April – 1 May 2015 for the Task Force for Dealing with the Past and the Prevention of Atrocities of the FDFA.


4 - 10 May 2015

CAS Dealing with the Past Course

This course focuses on the potentials and challenges of designing a Dealing with the Past process, and the ways in which actors can work together to ensure effective policy decision-making. More Information.


Briony Jones, 2015

Stories of "Success": Narrative, Expertise, and Claims to Knowledge.

This article is part of a whole special issue published as part of the ESRC Knowledge Exchange with the University of Oxford and Kings’ College London. The other articles all address aspects of ‘ways of knowing atrocity’. Available in the Canadian Journal of Law and Society , (5 May, 2015).


Briony Jones, 2015

Dealing with the past and the role of archives

swisspeace conducted this doctoral course at the Pluralistic Memory Project’s Doctoral School 2015 (Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lausanne), on the 29 and 30 of April. More information.


Mandate for the Human Security Division (HSD), 2015

Supporting the Tunisian Governement in founding the Truth and Dignity commission.

Dealing with the Past expert Elisabeth Baumgartner was on a mission with the newly founded Truth and Dignity commission in Tunisia from the 1st to the 5th February 2015. As part of the swisspeace project Archives and Dealing with the Past she assessed the accessibility of state archives and evaluated archival holdings to secure their potential value.