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.
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.
The course is open to the public, but also part of the CAS Civilian Peacebuilding Essentials Program, a postgraduate program that is offered annually by swisspeace and the University of Basel and runs from September to August.
- Nicola Diday, Program Officer, Dealing with the Past Program, swisspeace
- Pablo de Greiff, Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence, United Nations Human Rights Council tbc
- Michelle Jarvis, Deputy Head of the UN International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM) on Syria
- Dr. Lisa Ott, Head, Dealing with the Past Program, swisspeace
- Fabian Salvioli, UN Special Rapporteur for the Promotion of Truth, Justice, Reparations and Guarantees of Non Recurrence, Argentina tbc
- Yasmin Sooka, Head of the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan tbc
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
For more information, visit our course website.
Apply by 30 November 2021 under this link.