Intensive Course on Prevention and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence: The Role of Transitional Justice


1 - 5 October 2018

While guaranteeing the non-recurrence of rights violations is a long-established aim of transitional justice, preventing the recurrence of violent conflict more broadly by addressing past injustice is less understood and more contested. This course will examine how transitional justice can contribute to preventing the recurrence of violent conflict. It will ask a series of questions aimed at unpacking the concept of prevention and exploring its relationship to transitional justice:

  • How can transitional justice help to prevent the recurrence of human rights violations, violent conflict, violent extremism, genocide, gender-based violence, displacement, and corruption?
  • What are the specific pathways of change—such as removing actors, building/reforming institutions, repairing social relations, increasing trust, addressing root causes, facilitating durable solutions, changing norms—through which addressing the legacies of the past contributes to a more peaceful future?
  • What roles do different actors such as the state, civil society, donors, and international organizations play in using justice processes to avoid the return of violence and abuse?
  • How do contextual conditions—institutional, political, economic, and cultural—limit or facilitate the effectiveness of transitional justice as an approach to prevention?
  • How should measures of accountability, redress, and reform be conceptualized and designed in the aftermath of armed conflict with an eye to averting further violence?

The course will look at practical examples of current, past, and paradigmatic transitional justice processes and their contribution to prevention. Country case studies to be discussed may include Kenya, Sierra Leone, South Africa, the former Yugoslavia, and Latin American cases. The aim is to provide course participants with a firm grounding in transitional justice efforts and insight into the challenges and opportunities of helping to avoid the recurrence of violent conflict.

For further information about the course, Intensive Course on Prevention and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence: The Role of Transitional Justice, please follow the link. 

Training Course

Dealing with the Past & Conflict Transformation Course


10 -14 September 2018

Swisspeace and the University of Basel are offering a Dealing with the Past & Conflict Transformation Course. 
Finding a way to deal with a violent past following events such as civil war, the end of an authoritarian regime or occupation, is often argued to be the basis for lasting peace, democracy and the rule of law. In this 5-day course, you will examine the potentials and challenges of designing and implementing transitional justice and dealing with the past processes. Course methodologies include expert inputs, peer exchange, a study visit to a Swiss memorial centre, and case studies such as the challenges faced by the Kenyan Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission and the reintegration of former combatants in Colombia.
Leading scholars and experienced practitioners from swisspeace, other academic institutions and civil society organizations are part of this course:

  • Elisabeth Baumgartner and Dr. Lisa Ott, Co-heads, Dealing with the Past Program, swisspeace
  • Dr. Enzo Nussio, DDR specialist, Center for Security Studies, ETH Zürich
  • Tecla Wanjala, former Commissioner and Vice-Chair of the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission of Kenya
  • Alain Werner, Director of Civitas Maxima (tbc)
  • Pablo de Greiff, former UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence

For further information about the course, Dealing with the Past & Conflict Transformation, please follow the link. 

Training Course

Building a National Strategy for Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE)


15 - 17 October 2018

This course offers a unique opportunity to unpack the process of formulating a strategy for preventing and countering violent extremism. It examines the implications of UN Security Council Resolution 2178 for those involved in developing national plans to prevent and counter violent extremism (PVE/CVE). It offers an overview of the global threat of terrorism. The course will analyse the push and pull factors of violent extremism as well as explore methods used to promote violent extremist ideologies. Participants will examine the phenomena of strategic communications and the recruitment of foreign terrorist fighters using strategic communications.

The course will provide a theoretical framework of PVE/CVE National Action Plans (NAPs), and will introduce the core principles and elements of good practice associated with PVE/CVE NAP development. Emphasis will be put on encouraging an appreciation of the need to develop PVE/CVE policies and practice that focus on a 'Whole of Government' and 'Whole of Society' approach that includes the necessary Rule of Law measures. Experts and participants work together to develop new ideas for the most effective PVE/CVE practices.

For further information about the course, Building a National Strategy for Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE), please follow the link. 

Training Course

Training Course on International Security


24 October - 2 November 2018

This course aims to allow an individual to: 

  • Identify the major trends and recent developments in international security and assess them for the benefit of their company or organisation;
  • Analyse and discuss issues of international security with colleagues and peers, and make recommendations to managers.

Examples of topics are fragile states and conflict, defence policies, international cooperation, terrorism, and geo-political trends.

For further information about the course, Training Course on International Security, please kindly follow the link. 

Training Course

Making the Difference in Peacebuilding, Security and Development


3 - 6 July 2018

8th International Workshop

Policy-makers and practitioners in the fields of peacebuilding, security and development still lack critical skills in results-based management (RBM) and monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL). This course, now in its 8th year, provides skills development in these disciplines, with results-based approaches and theories of change, as well as the implementation of monitoring and evaluation.  The course is aimed at practitioners wanting to extend or upgrade their expertise.  For 2018, an online preparatory course has been added as a requirement to make better use of the time in Geneva, and there is more emphasis on complex environments, with Outcome Mapping, Outcome Harvesting and the Cynefin framework now included.  The learning focusses on practical work in small groups, based on case studies. 


This course is designed to build the skills of practitioners who already work in results-based management, monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning, or complexity, in the fields of peacebuilding, security and development: 

  • national development, peace and security officials, representatives from local and international development, political and security agencies
  • technical advisors/programme officers from UN and other relevant agencies
  • key policymakers from violence-affected countries

  • officials from security and development agencies from donor countries

  • independent experts and specialists in the peace sector

The needs of individuals from both public and non-governmental institutions will be addressed.

For further information about the course, Making the Difference in Peacebuilding, Security and Development, please follow the link.

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