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

Briony Jones

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

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

Introduction: Rethinking Resistance to Transitional Justice

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


Project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, 2016 - 2020

Right to Truth, Truth(s) through Rights: Mass Crimes Impunity and Transitional Justice

The swisspeace Dealing with the Past Program is a partner of this interdisciplinary research project conducted by the Law Faculty of the University of Geneva. The project examines the meanings and functions of the right to truth in contexts of persistent impunity. More information.


Mandate for the Swiss Development Cooperation Agency

Early Warning Systems

Within the framework of the Mandate for the Swiss Development Cooperation Agency Lisa Ott and two consultants from Kenya and East Timor presented potential design options for a governmental early warning mechanism to the Tanzania National Committe for the Prevention of Genocide