This paper focuses on the initial months and years of the International Criminal Court (ICC)’s activities, recognizing that a deeper exploration of the dynamics that created division and tension is necessary for the success of future international justice interventions. Therefore this paper begins to explore a number of questions. Has the Court drawn appropriate lessons from the experience? What lessons have been learned by civil society organizations – both local and international? What more needs to be done to ensure less divisive engagements in the future?