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

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.


Elisabeth Baumgartner, Brandon Hamber, Briony Jones, Gráinne Kelly, Ingrid Oliveira, 2016

Introduction: Documentation, Human Rights and Transitional Justice

In: Journal of Human Rights Practice, Vol. 8 (1): 1-5.


Elisabeth Baumgartner, Brandon Hamber, Briony Jones, Graínne Kelly, Ingrid Oliveira, 2016

Special Issue on Documentation, Human Rights and Transitional Justice

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


Julia Palmiano Federer, 2016

Philippines 2016: The Bangsamoro Peace Process Beyond May

Ballots & Bullets, School of Politics & International Relations, University of Nottingham. Blog contribution. Link.