The Hague Initiative for International Cooperation (thinc.) is an initiative dedicated to the promotion of the Rule of Law in international relations to advance peace and security, friendly relations among nations, and the peaceful resolution of conflicts. The focus of our initiative is the Israel-Palestine conflict.

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.

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Why International Law is important

There is no other state and dispute where international law is invoked with such passion and conviction as Israel and the Israel-Palestine conflict. Not only Israel and the Palestinians but also governments in general, NGO’s, international organizations and the media inevitably refer to international law to support their views. No other state and no other…

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International Criminal Court Afghanistan decision – what are the implications for Israel/Palestine?

On 12 April 2019, the Pre-Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) unanimously rejected the ICC Prosecutor’s request to authorize her to open a formal investigation into alleged ‘crimes against humanity’ and ‘war crimes’ in Afghanistan over the last 15 years. The Prosecutor (Fatou Bensouda) wanted to investigate possible war crimes by the Taliban,…

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US Recognition of Israeli Sovereignty over the Golan Heights – An International Law Perspective

By Dr. Matthijs de Blois, Senior Fellow, thinc.   Executive summary President Trump’s recent proclamation recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights has attracted much criticism. This criticism is often simplistic and unrealistic. The prohibition on the use of force to acquire territory is an important foundation of modern international law, but it does not…

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IDC student delegation visits The Hague

From 1- 4 April, a group of 20 students from the prestigious Abba Eban Center for International Diplomacy in Herzliya (Israel) visited Paris and the Netherlands. The Abba Eban Center is part of the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya – a private research university in Herzliya, Israel. The IDC is also known internationally for its conferences…

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Wie wind zaait, zal storm oogsten.

On 8 January 2019, the Netherlands Institute of International Relations – Clingendael – has sent a Policy Brief  to the Permanent Committee of Foreign Affairs of the Dutch Parliament, entitled: ‘Wie wind zaait, zal storm oogsten: bezetting en de Staat Israël’. In this Policy Brief  (December 2018), the authors claim that with regard to the…

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