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 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.

 

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 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.

 

Organization

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.

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

Your support for the performance of our mission is very much needed – and deeply appreciated!

 

 

Stg The Hague Initiative for International Cooperation

IBAN: NL15 INGB 0007 8215 39

Click here for additional financial information.

 

Governance:

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

The members of the Board of Directors (BOD) do not receive a remuneration, expenses are compensated.

 

Annual Report 2017

People

Board of Directors / MT
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Gijs Cremer Eindhoven

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Gijs Cremer Eindhoven 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 trading and sales company of high-quality chemicals. He is a Supervisory Board member of a number of international chemical corporations, including Adama, has chaired the Supervisory Board of ICL and 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

Director / Secretary - treasurer

Pieter Hoogendoorn (1951) studied Electronics, Mathematics and Computer Science at the Technical University of Delft. He graduated in 1979. After his studies he has worked i.a. for IBM and ACI Worldwide. He is a senior consultant and project manager in the fields of business development, software and services, and systems integration. His business areas include Finance, Telecom and the Public sector.

Pieter is an expert in the fields of Payment systems and IDentification technology. He is the founder (2008) and principal of Marites Consulting — a professional consultancy and (project) management company.

Pieter has a special relationship with Asia; from 2000-2008 he has worked as project manager in Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan.

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Andrew Tucker

Director

Andrew Tucker (1963) studied law in Australia (BA/LLB), UK (BCL) and The Netherlands, and has worked since 1988 as an adviser and consultant to private companies, governments and (semi-)public entities in various fields of international law.

Andrew was a Fellow of the Law Faculty of the University of Melbourne from 1994 to 2001, and Research Associate at the TMC Asser Institute in The Hague from 1996-1998. Based in The Netherlands, he is Principal of Tucker & Associates, and Legal Counsel to the European Coalition for Israel.

Andrew is co-author of ‘Israel on Trial’, Soest (NLD), thinc. (2018).

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.

Alan 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.

Alan 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

Dr Matthijs de Blois studied law at Utrecht University, graduating in 1977 with a Master of Laws. After 1977, he worked in the Law Faculty of Leiden University, in the Department of International Law, where he received his PhD. Since 1990, he has been an assistant professor at Utrecht University’s Institute of Legal Theory of the Law Faculty. His academic focus is the philosophical and historical aspects of the law, specifically the relationship between law and religion.

Matthijs lectures and writes frequently about the position of the State of Israel under international law, which has become the main focus of his research within the framework of thinc. He is co-author of ‘Israel on Trial’, Soest (NLD), thinc. (2018).

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Dr Cynthia Wallace

Senior Fellow

Dr Cynthia Wallace, Ph.D. Cambridge, specializes in international economic law (esp. foreign direct investment). Former posts include Senior Adviser to the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Europe, Geneva; Senior Fellow and Project Director of the International Business and Economics Program, CSIS, Washington D.C.; and Deputy Executive Director of the Investment Negotiation Program, of the International Law Institute, Georgetown University, Washington D.C.

Authoring over 30 publications, including 10 books and monographs, 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. She is the author of ‘Foundations of the International Legal Rights of the Jewish People and the State of Israel.