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

5-13 July 2016

Advanced Learning Course for Professionals

swisspeace organized the "Advanced Learning Course for Professionals" on Dealing with the Past in Münchwiler, Switzerland jointly with the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. About the course.


swisspeace, 2016

Observation of the criminal case related to the 2011 incidents in Yalisika, DR Congo

The report covers the trial observation of the first instance criminal trial against Colonel Koyo et al in the Yalisika case. The trial lasted from June 2015 to December 2015 and was heard by the Military Court of the Équateur Province in Mbandaka in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Full report.


Julie Bernath, 2016

Transitional Justice in Kambodscha: Die späte strafrechtliche Aufarbeitung des Khmer Rouge Regimes

In: Mihr, A., Pickel, S., Pickel, G. (co-eds.) Handbuch Transitional Justice: Aufarbeitung von Unrecht, Rechtstaatlichkeit und Demokratie. Springer, Wiesbaden.


25 May 2016

Conference on Problematizing Reconciliation in Local Contexts and the Role of the International Community

Djané Adou gave an input on “Transitional Justice and National Reconciliation in Côte d’Ivoire: diverging directions and therapies of a crisis” at the conference held by the University of Leiden in the Hague. The conference attempted to deepen the meaning of reconciliation in local contexts and trace the influence of the international community on reconciliation.


9-13 May 2016

Dealing with the Past: Theory & Practice

swisspeace conducted the 5-day course at the University of Basel. The course focused on the the design and implementation of effective "dealing with the past" processes and was well attended by many participants from all over the world. Further information.