swisspeace - Dealing with the Past (virtual course, 5 half-days)

November 30, 2021

Opportunity begins:

Jan 24, 2022

Opportunity ends:

Jan 28, 2022

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  • Online
This course is offered in an interactive virtual format. The course consists of preparatory readings, 5 half-days (Monday-Friday 24-28 January 2022, afternoons CET) of virtually facilitated course, and individual tasks in-between course days.


Learn how societies emerging from violence and conflict deal with the past and prepare for the future.


Course Description

Finding a way to deal with a violent past in the aftermath of civil war, the end of an authoritarian regime or occupation, is argued by some to be the basis for lasting peace, democracy and the rule of law. This includes the identification of past human rights violations, the prosecution of perpetrators on a national or international level, the rehabilitation of victims, the establishment of truth commissions, reparation programs, guarantees of non-recurrence and commemoration. Course participants will critically reflect on such processes and assess their effects on society as a whole and on victims and perpetrators in particular.

In this course you will:

  • understand different approaches to dealing with the past.
  • get familiar with the most important notions, concepts and mechanisms relevant to transitional justice and dealing with the past (truth commissions, archives, reparation programs, guarantees of non-recurrence, etc.).
  • learn how dealing with the past processes have been designed and implemented in different contexts.
  • learn about the complexities, challenges and politics inherent in dealing with the past processes and the design of mechanisms and interventions.
  • exchange experience and become part of a community of practice.

Our faculty uses innovative teaching techniques to enhance participants' learning experience. These include:

  • expert inputs and exchange with experienced international scholars and practitioners
  • exercises in which participants apply the acquired tools in case studies and relate them to their own experiences
  • peer exchange during which participants share best practices and develop strategies to face potential challenges in practice or research
  • self-study in which participants deepen their knowledge on dealing with the past processes

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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

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.

Please also note that your participation requires the following technical requirements:

  • Internet connection: Stable connection with sufficient bandwidth for simultaneous use of video conferencing and other tools
  • Hardware: Laptop/ PC, headphones or speaker, microphone, and camera (webcam)


Deadline: November 30, 2021

Program Starts: January 24, 2022

Program Ends: January 28, 2022

Cost/funding for participants:

Tuition Fee: 1100 CHF

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

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