The establishment of The Hague Initiative for International Co-operation (thinc.) is motivated by the conviction that the fair and unbiased application of the Rule of Law in international relations is an essential component of the peaceful resolution 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, the AU and other institutions to achieve military and political ends (“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. Our mission is to change that.
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 policy papers and 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, especially between Israel and the Palestinians.
thinc. is a non-profit research organization (think tank) based in The Hague – City of Peace and Justice. We comprise a global network of experienced legal practitioners and academic leaders in the field of international law, called Associates, who are committed to our goals and willing to dedicate their personal resources to thinc. Over time, Associates may be appointed Fellow or Senior Fellow.
The thinc. network is managed by a Management Team (MT) of two Directors. The Board of Directors and the MT are assisted by an Advisory Board of academics in the relevant disciplines, and media experts.