Documenting and archiving from a dealing with the past perspective - Swisspeace Foundation

March 31, 2022

Opportunity begins:

May 18, 2022

Opportunity ends:

May 25, 2022

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  • Online
Virtual course, 6 half-days


Learn about documenting and archiving from a Dealing with the Past perspective.


Course Description

Documentary evidence plays an important role in Dealing with the Past processes: It is indispensable for truth seeking, accountability, reparations, institutional reforms, vetting, memorialization and history. However, if the creation, collection, management and preservation of such evidence is not properly done, records and archives documenting violations of human rights and international humanitarian law can be at risk of losing their value and thus prevent their future usability.

In this course, participants are introduced to topics related to documentation. Next to archival principles, arrangement and description, preservation and protection, as well as outreach and promotion, participants will also learn about ethical and legal responsibilities, such as informed consent, information privacy and do no harm.

The course is perfect for those of you who want to update their documentation skills in a practice-oriented manner. Course materials are introduced by drawing on concrete examples, which allows participants to gain valuable knowledge for their daily work.

Course Structure

This course is offered in an interactive virtual format. The course consists of preparatory readings, 6 half-days of online-facilitated course (18/19/20 and 23/24/25 May 2022), and individual or group assignments to work on throughout the course.

Your benefits

In this course you will:

  • Acquire a thorough understanding of documenting and archiving practices to support the right to know, the right to reparations, the right to justice as well as guarantees of non-recurrence.
  • Familiarize yourself with documentation and archival principles.
  • Understand the technical requirements of information, archives and data management.
  • Reflect on ethical principles and legal responsibilities involved in the creation, management and preservation of records and archives for Dealing with the Past processes.
  • Exchange experiences and become part of a community of practice.

Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

This course is designed for:

  • professionals engaged in Dealing with the Past processes and Conflict Transformation
  • practitioners and academics interested in complementing their own experiences with current conceptual insights and practical knowledge

Is this course designed for you? If unsure, do not hesitate to contact us for personal advice.

Candidates must have:

  • a university degree in a related discipline such as political science, law, economics or sociology
  • at least two years of professional experience
  • a good command of English.

Unfortunately, we cannot provide scholarships for this course. Participants (or their employer) must be able to cover the tuition fee.


Deadline: March 31, 2022

Program Starts: May 18, 2022

Program Ends: May 25, 2022

Cost/funding for participants:

Fee: 1,500 CHF

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