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

11 February 2016

Workshop on Georgian-Abkahz Memory Project

swisspeace has participated in a workshop in the framework of the Abkhaz/Giorgian Memory Project in Liestal. The workshop was co-organised with Conciliation Resources.


Briony Jones, 2015

Educating Citizens in Bosnia-Herzegovina: Models, Claims and Experiences in Post War Education Reform.

In: Fischer, M. Eds. Twenty Years after Dayton: The Western Balkans between Transitional Justice and Reconciliation. Routledge.


swisspeace, 2015

Dealing with the Past Newsletter (2/2015)

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


10 December 2015

Launch of the Archives & Dealing with the Past Mailing List

swisspeace has launched the Archives & Dealing with the Past Mailing List. The purpose of this email distribution list is to provide a platform for information exchange and joint learning on issues related to archives and dealing with the past (also referred to as "transitional justice"). Learn more


The Marshall Island Journal, 13 November 2015

Tribunal records preserved

With reference to the efforts of the Dealing with the Past Team and its partners to support the Marshall Islands Nuclear Claims Tribunal. Download