Taking a pause to look back at about 25 years of a developing system of international criminal justice, one cannot escape to notice a period in which international – and hybrid – courts have been mushrooming on a global level, and a phase in which the initial euphoria and support by the international community appears to have cooled off considerably. This contribution will first set out to examine the root causes for the growth and the rapid development, within less than a decade, of international tribunals such as the icty, the ictr, the icc, the East Timor Tribunal, the scsl and, some years later, the eccc and the stl. In a second step, it will look at the reasons for what seems to be a certain slowing down – or even halt? – in the further development of international criminal tribunals. Finally, the contribution will try to provide an outlook of the near future of international criminal justice.