Our Mission

The establishment of The Hague Initiative for International Co-operation (thinc.) is motivated by the conviction that the fair and unbiased application of international law is an essential component of the peaceful solution of conflicts between nations. As Eugene Rostow (former Dean of Yale Law School) said: “Fidelity to law is the essence of peace, and the only practical rule for making a just and lasting peace”. However, in practice, international law is often used in the UN, the EU and other institutions to achieve military and political ends (also called “lawfare”). The most obvious example is the Israel/Palestine conflict. Such biased use of law is an obstacle to the nonviolent resolution of international conflicts, and we want to change that.

 

Our Objective

We strive to enhance the awareness of the dynamics of international law and its impact on political decision-making to advance peace and security. In areas of conflict and strife where policy decisions are warranted, we want to provide decision makers with well researched academic level background papers and/or briefings to broaden their understanding of the underlying issues. In this manner we endeavor to advance international cooperation among nations and the nonviolent resolution of conflicts.

 

Organization

thinc. is a non-profit organization (foundation) based in The Hague – City of Peace and Justice. Its members and supporters consist of volunteers, donating their time and highly specialized skills. The volunteers are supported by a core Management Team (MT) comprising of a Program Director, a Director Operations and an Editor. The Board of Directors and the MT are assisted by an Advisory Board of academics in the relevant disciplines and media experts.

Our network includes experienced legal practitioners and academic leaders in the field of international law in many countries, who are committed to our goals and willing to dedicate their personal resources to thinc. These professionals may be appointed Fellow or Senior Fellow.

The foundation is guided by the following principles:

  • Protection of the right of peoples to self-determination;
  • Affirmation of the sovereign equality of nation states;
  • Promotion of core UN values, such as the Rule of Law, sovereign equality of nation states, human rights, freedom of religion and friendly relations among nations;
  • Prohibition of incitement to violence and the threat or use of force.

 

 Our working method

The key assets of thinc. are its international network of experts and a process-driven working method: for every activity we consult subject-matter experts in the network to accurately define the issue, identify network resources, plan the action (incl. budget) and mobilize sponsors. Once the budget is secured, the activity is initiated.

In summary, our working method comprises:

  1. identification of the issue(s)
  2. allocation of expertise
  3. acquisition of sponsors
  4. facilitation of the solution process

thinc. has the ANBI status

RSIN/fiscal number: 857611112

Business plan

Board:

  • G.M.C. Cremer Eindhoven, chairman
  • P.J. Hoogendoorn, secretary-treasurer
  • A.E.L. Tucker

The Board members do not receive a remuneration, only their expenses are compensated.

People

Board
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Gijs Cremer Eindhoven

Chairman

Businessman; president of aako, an international trading and service company in the field of high quality chemicals; former Deputy Chairman of the Dutch-Israeli Chamber of Commerce; chairs several Supervisory Boards of Directors of international chemical corporations, i.a. ICL.

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Pieter Hoogendoorn

Secretary - treasurer

Professional consultant and project manager: business processes, software & services and Systems Integration; experience in the Finance, Telecom and Public sectors, in particular in Asia and the Middle East; expert in the field of IDentification technology and payment systems.

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Andrew Tucker

Program Director

Executive Director of Christians for Israel International and Legal Counsel to the European Coalition for Israel (ECI); former solicitor in the fields of intellectual property, energy law and European Law, in Melbourne, London and The Hague.

Advisory board
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Alan Stephens

Counsellor

Alan Stephens read Law at University College London and was called to the Bar at the Middle Temple. He taught courses on International Law at Universities and Colleges in the U.K. and the Netherlands and is the author/editor of five books and numerous articles. He was a Founding Editor of the journal Religion and Human Rights and serves on a number of editorial boards of journals and yearbooks. He was the Publishing Director of Kluwer Law International/ Martinus Nijhoff Publishers. He advises several organizations and institutes in addition to thinc., including the Tom Lantos Institute, Budapest, the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy, New York and the International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists, Tel-Aviv.

Fellows
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Dr Matthijs de Blois

Senior Fellow

Matthijs de Blois is an author. He read law in the department of International Law of the Law Faculty of Leiden University. He is a former Assistant Professor at the Law Faculty of the University of Utrecht and researcher in the field of the philosophical and historical aspects of the law in general and human rights law, with special interest in the relationship between law and religion. Since his departure from the Faculty in August 2017, the main focus of his research related to thinc. is the position of the State of Israel under international law.

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Dr Cynthia Wallace

Senior Fellow

International lawyer and author; i.a. former Senior Adviser to the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), and Senior Fellow and Project Director, International Business and Economics Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington D.C.; editor of, and  contributing author to, the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law. Dr. Wallace is recipient of the Grotius International Law Award for a law journal article selected jointly by the U.N. Association and the T.M.C. Asser Institute of The Hague.