Course 2016

Date: Monday, 3 July  Thursday, 13 July 2017
Venue: Schlosshotel Münchenwiler/Switzerland

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The DwP Course 2017 consists of a ten-day resident module in Switzerland.

The course is intended to provide an in-depth understanding of the core issues and key challenges in dealing with a legacy of grave human rights violations in post-conflict and post-authoritarian societies.

During the course, participants are introduced to the Updated Set of Principles against Impunity as a conceptual framework for Dealing with the Past (DwP) and explore options in applying a holistic approach to Dealing with the Past in their own contexts. Special attention is given to the potential of DwP for conflict transformation.

The course employs a variety of pedagogical tools, focusing on an interactive learning process that includes plenary presentations and ‘master classes’ with the resource persons in residence, panel discussions and working groups.

First part (Monday, 3 July – Saturday, 8 July 2017)

The first part of the course was dedicated to obtaining an in-depth understanding of the conceptual framework for Dealing with the Past based on the Updated set of Principles against Impunity. The participants learned about current developments in the field, including best practices and lessons learned from renowned experts, who presented an overview of the different mechanisms and their objectives, e.g. international and mixed tribunals, truth commissions, reparation programs, institutional reform measures, as well as entry points and strategies at the national level to dismantle impunity and to strengthen the rule of law. Furthermore, specific aspects of the DwP & Conflict Transformation were addressed with a focus on victim perpetrator dynamics.

On Sunday there was an excursion to one of Switzerland’s most beautiful landscapes. 

Second part (Monday, 10 July – Thursday, 13 July 2017)

In the second part of the course, participants analysed their country or regional contexts and designed strategies for dealing with the past on local and national levels, and steps and stages in a process of reconciliation. A series of ‘artisan workshops’ allowed participants to exchange practical knowledge on issues related to large-scale reparation programs, gender, archives, or missing persons.

A number of renowned experts were in residence as resource persons during the nine days of the course.