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. swisspeace uses the technical term "Dealing with the Past" to underline that this is a long-term process that involves a wide range of activities, including initiatives to address root causes of conflict.

Latest Activities and Publications

04 - 05 September 2014

Expert Workshop on Archives in the Context of the Right to Know

The swisspeace “Archives and Dealing with the Past” Project, the Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence and the ICRC co-organised an expert workshop on Archives in the Context of the Right to Know in Geneva. It brought together 21 experts specialized in archives in transitional situations to provide input and advice on the recommendation to develop international standards on archiving.


Elizabeth Shelley, 2014

Canadian Reconciliation in an International Context

swisspeace Working Paper, 6|2014, August 2014, ISBN 978-3-908230-94-6. Order / download.


15 August 2014

International Peace Research Association Convention

swisspeace expert Briony Jones co-organised a conference programme for the Reconciliation and Transitional Justice Commission at the International Peace Research Association Convention in Istanbul.


08 - 16 July 2014

Dealing with the Past Advanced Learning Course

swisspeace and the FDFA organized the annual Dealing with the Past Advanced Learning Course for Professionals. Link


Briony Jones, 2014

Ensuring a political space for conflict by applying Chantal Mouffe to post-war reconstruction and development

in: Progress in Development Studies, July 2014, 14(3): 249-259. Link.