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Dealing with the Past Course

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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.

Course Goals

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.).

Leading international scholars as well as experienced practitioners from government, international organizations and civil society facilitate this course.



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

Информация об оплате

1'100 CHF

Как зарегистрироваться

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.

Apply by November 30st under this link.

If you have any further questions, please contact us on academy@swisspeace.ch