In December 2004 the International Criminal Court (ICC) commenced a process to develop a strategic plan (the “Strategic Plan”). Human Rights Watch welcomes this initiative, which could allow the court to articulate its vision of its work, identify objectives to implement this vision, and present plans to achieve objectives. The Strategic Plan will also allow the court to identify clear divisions of labor between the court’s different units. These steps can enhance the court’s capacity to fulfill its mandate and ensure that the court has a strong sense of its future direction.