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


Another project of the DwP Program at swisspeace currently is:

The project "Knowledge for Peace. Understanding research, policy and practice synergies” aims to improve peacebuilding practice by looking at how research and knowledge about peace and its components are generated and how the politics of knowledge production impact policy making. Learn more

Latest Activities and Publications

Altanian Melanie, 2017

Archives against Genocide Denialism? Challenges to the Use of Archives in Turkish-Armenian Reconciliation

swisspeace Working Paper 1 | 2017, Januar 2017, ISBN 978-3-906841-04-5. Order / download.


10 March 2017

Conflict-generated diaspora and Dealing with the Past Processes

Julie Bernath gave an input on "Conflict-generated diaspora and dealing with the past processes" at the NADEL Course "Migration - eine Herausforderung für die IZA" at the Center for Development and Cooperation at the ETH Zurich.


Briony Jones, 2016

Analysing Resistance to Transitional Justice: What can we Learn from Hybridity?

In: Conflict and Society, Special issue on ‘Resistance to Transitional Justice’, Vol 2 (1): pp 74-86.


Julie Bernath, Sandra Rubli, 2016

Exploring the Nexus of Resistance, Power and Legitimacy in Transitional Justice

In: Conflict & Society, Special Issue on ‘Resistance to Transitional Justice’ edited by Briony Jones and Thomas Brudholm, Vol. 2 (1): pp. 87-103.


Briony Jones and Thomas Brudholm, 2016

Introduction: Rethinking Resistance to Transitional Justice

In: Conflict and Society, Special issue on ‘Resistance to Transitional Justice’,  Vol. 2 (1): pp. 68-73.