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

Gijs Cremer Eindhoven (1948) studied Dutch Law at the State University Groningen, where he obtained his LL.M. degree in 1974. In 1979 he completed the General Management study at the Management Study Centre of the Association of Dutch Enterprises. In 1995 he followed the Alternative Dispute Resolution mediating course of the Pepperdine University School of Law of California. Gijs is president of Aako, an international marketing and sales company of chemicals. He is a Supervisory Board member of a number of international chemical corporations and has served as Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Dutch-Israeli Chamber of Commerce in the Hague from 1984-1994.

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Pieter Hoogendoorn

Secretary - treasurer

Pieter Hoogendoorn (1951) is a senior consultant and project manager in the fields of business process design, software and services development, and Systems Integration. His business areas include Finance, Telecom and the Public sector, especially in Asia and the Middle East. He started Marites Consulting in 2008. He is an expert in the field of IDentification technology and Payment systems.

Pieter has studied Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Delft, where he graduated in 1979. After his studies he has worked i.a. for IBM and KPN Telecom.

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Andrew Tucker

Program Director

Andrew Tucker (1963) is 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. Alan 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 (1953) is an author. He read law in the department of International Law of the Law Faculty of Leiden University. Matthijs 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

Dr. Wallace, Ph.D. Cambridge, specializes in international economic law (esp. foreign direct investment). Former posts include Senior Adviser to the Executive Secretary, UN Economic Commission for Europe, Geneva; Senior Fellow and Project Director, International Business and Economics Program, CSIS, Washington D.C.; and Deputy Executive Director, Investment Negotiation Program, International Law Institute, Georgetown University, Washington D.C. Authoring over 30 publications, including 10 books and monographs (most recently, Foundations of the International Legal Rights of the Jewish People and the State of Israel), she received the Grotius International Law Award for an article selected jointly by the U.N. Association and the T.M.C. Asser Institute, The Hague. She is an editor and contributing author to the Max-Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law.