This special issue is the result of the research project “Drivers of Justice: The Dynamics of Accountability Mechanisms in Transitions from Violent Conflict”, anchored at the Chr. Michelsen Institute, Bergen, Norway and funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We wish to thank all the participants at the authors’ workshop at Solstrand, Bergen, in November 2011 for inspiring and lively discussions on new ways to understand how and why transitional justice processes come about – or do not occur where arguably they should have. Our thanks also go to the reference group members and country specialists who commented on drafts of the various articles included in this volume: Bjørn Enge Bertelsen, Pilar Domingo, Nefissa Naguib, Naomi Roht-Arriaza, Rachel Sieder, Leslie Vinjamuri, and Torunn Wimpelmann. Special thanks are due to Eric Wiebelhaus-Brahm for having carefully attended to all the articles. The managing editor of the journal, Cheryl Lorens, assisted us along the editorial road and helped to finalise the manuscript, for which we are grateful.

Elin Skaar og Astri Suhrke

Bergen, January 2013