The provision of academic outlets for critical scholarship on the intersection between law and societies in transition is a political, moral and intellectual imperative. Social and Legal Studies has provided an obvious home for precisely such engagement. Therefore, the rationale for putting this special issue together was to showcase the strength and diversity of transitional justice related scholarship published in the journal, to underscore the relevance of the field to a more generalist audience of socio-legal scholars, and to offer some tentative pointers for future directions for research.