“Fidelity to law is the essence of peace, and the only practical rule for making a just and lasting peace” – Eugene Rostow (former Dean of Yale Law School)
Mission and Goal
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.
In practice, the international legal system is at risk of manipulation by groups of nations to achieve military or ideological ends. One example of this is the Israel-Palestine conflict. The instrumental use of the international legal system risks undermining the sovereign equality of states and the human rights of peoples.
Our method is the critical evaluation of the application of international law to the Israel-Palestine dispute, by examining international law in its historical, political, religious and military contexts. We do this through facilitating research, discussion, briefings and publications by international lawyers, historians and other experts.
Our goal is to help politicians and policy-makers to make informed decisions on the fair and non-discriminatory application of international law to the Israel-Palestine conflict, and, in doing so, to promote the peaceful resolution of disputes based on UN Charter principles such as the sovereign equality of states, friendly relations between nations, and the Rule of Law.
“The law, history and politics of the Israel-Palestine dispute is immensely complex … Context is important in legal determinations” – Judge Rosalyn Higgins, Separate Opinion, International Court of Justice, 2004
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 academics in the field of international law, who are committed to our goals.
The thinc. network is managed by a Management Team (MT) of two Directors. The Board of Directors is assisted by an Advisory Board of academics in the relevant disciplines, and media experts.