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 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.


18-21 February, 2015

International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Conference

swisspeace participated in the event. Briony Jones organised a panel on "Hybrid Peace, Transitional Justice and Resistance" and Sara Hellmüller on "Partners for Peace? The Interaction Between Local and International Peacebuilding Actors in Ituri, Democratic Republic of Congo". More information .


20 February 2015

„Redéfinir Victimes et Oppresseurs : Guérison, Réconciliation, et Lutte contre l’impunité“

Roundtable organized by CAUX-IofC. With Julie Bernauth (swisspeace), Michael Lapsley (founder of the institute for Healing of Memories), South Africa, Gerald Staberock (General Secretary OMCT), Switzerland and Daphrose Barampama (President of Femmes Artisanes de Paix), Burundi.


December 2014

Workshop of the Inter-Ministerial Working Group on Dealing with the Past in Kosovo

Dealing with the Pastexpert Lisa Ott participated in the workshop.


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.