Our vision is a world of justice where nations co-operate and live in peace.

Many of the values expressed in the purposes and principles of the UN Charter have their origins in Jewish writings and traditions. These include the concepts of ‘nations’, ‘friendly relations between nations’ and ‘international cooperation’.

The Jewish people came into existence 3800 years ago and settled in the land of Israel. 2000 years ago, their land was occupied by the Romans and the Jews were scattered around the globe. A remnant of Jews has always remained in the land, subject to the rule of a succession of foreign empires. Wherever they were in the diaspora, they kept their identity as expressed by their religion and traditions. And wherever they were, they were persecuted because of their identity, because of what they were: Jews. No other people has gone through this and survived.

The atrocities during the Second World War were a horrific attempt at genocide, yet they gave rise to the modern human rights movement, as reflected in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948).

Ever since its creation in 1948, the position of Israel in the arena of international law and relations has been one of much controversy and debate. Today, Israel is the only UN Member whose very existence is denied by a significant number of other UN Members, and is the subject of constant contestation and condemnation in UN institutions. As former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon observed in 2016: “Decades of political maneuvering have created a disproportionate number of resolutions, reports and committees against Israel. In many cases, instead of helping the Palestinian issue, this reality has foiled the ability of the UN to fulfill its role effectively.”

thinc. takes the view that this constant contestation and condemnation is based on discrimination against the Jewish people.

We believe that respect for the sovereign equality of the Jewish State of Israel within the community of nations, in accordance with international law, is not only necessary, but is the key to the achievement of the international co-operation that is needed for peace, justice and security in the Middle East and beyond.



Our mission is to promote the fair and just application of international law in international relations, in particular to the State of Israel and to the Israel-Palestine conflict.

thinc. will strive to –

  • ensure that UN Charter values and principles such as the sovereign equality of states, friendly relations among nations, non-aggression and the peaceful resolution of disputes, remain central to the quest for international peace and security;
  • promote the rule of law in international relations, which is essential for the peaceful co-existence of nations and the pursuit and maintenance of international peace and security. 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”. The rule of law means, inter alia, that all states should be treated equally, and legal rules should be formulated, interpreted and applied equally to all equivalent states and conflicts;
  • ensure that a clear distinction is made between international law and policy. Resolutions of the UN General Assembly or Security Council, for example, are essentially political in character, and do not necessarily reflect a true and accurate statement of the law.

However, these principles are often ignored, and the international legal system is often applied unfairly. It tends to be manipulated by groups of nations to achieve military and ideological ends that undermine the sovereign rights of smaller states and the human rights of peoples; one example of this is the case of Israel/Palestine. In our view such use of international law conflicts with UN Charter principles, impedes peaceful settlement of the Israel-Palestine conflict, and undermines the international legal order itself.



Our strategy is to achieve our mission through research, debate, conferences and seminars, publications, education and advice.

thinc. carries out research, creates publications, facilitates debate and provides education about the legal position of Israel and the Jewish people in the national and international political arena, especially in the UN and the EU.

We advise politicians and policy-makers to make informed decisions based on the fair and non-discriminatory application of international law to the Jewish people, Israel and the Israel-Palestine conflict.

We carry out these activities by:

  • facilitating a worldwide network of international law academics and practitioners, managed by an executive team based in the Netherlands; and
  • where possible, adopting an inter-disciplinary approach, in which these international lawyers are complemented by experts in the fields of history, international relations, military affairs and security, foreign policy and other disciplines.



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.

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 legal 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 execution of our mission is very much needed – and deeply appreciated!



Stg The Hague Initiative for International Cooperation

IBAN: NL15 INGB 0007 8215 39

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

The members of the Supervisory Board do not receive a remuneration, expenses are compensated.

Annual Report 2019

Business Plan 2020



Gijs Cremer Eindhoven

Chairman of the Supervisory Board

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.



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 Ph.D. 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).



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 the founder (2008) and principal of Marites Consulting — a professional consultancy and (project) management company.

From 2000-2010 he has worked as project manager i.a. in Hong Kong, Singapore, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.



Michiel Malotaux

Member of the Supervisory Board

Michiel Malotaux was born in Delft, The Netherlands in 1946, and studied technical physics at the Delft Technical University. He has worked as a volunteer is Israel in 1977.

He spent his working life largely as a business-ICT expert, architect and strategic advisor for government institutions and international enterprises, retiring as VP Consulting and Client Principal European Institutions in 2011 at Gartner – a leading international business & ICT research and consulting firm.

After retirement, Michiel advised on business-ICT related matters in developing countries. He is Secretary of the Board of the Netherlands-Israel Chamber of Commerce.



Prof Gregory Rose


Gregory Rose is a member of the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) at the University of Wollongong, Australia, where he is Professor of Law and Chair of the University’s Academic Senate. He has served as Discipline Leader for the School of Law and as Chair of the University’s Thesis Examination Committee. His expertise is in international law, within which he has published widely concerning marine, environmental and counter-terrorism matters. He has conducted Australian government funded projects on detention operations and counter-terrorism legal training.

Greg has edited books on following the international proceeds of environmental crime, and on detention of insurgents and terrorists in international military operations. He is currently writing a book on transnational fisheries crimes.



Anna Rosa Schlechter

Research Associate

Anna Rosa obtained her BA in Transcultural Communication from the University of Vienna, participated in an exchange year at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, did research in Israel and graduated cum laude in Jewish Studies at the University of Vienna. She is a graduate of the Diploma Program of International Relations at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, and gained practical experience working at the Austrian Embassy in Mexico City. She attended various Summer Schools (Austria, Russia, Israel).

Currently, Anna Rosa is pursuing a PhD in Jewish Studies/Comparative Literature, and has been appointed a visiting scholar at Dartmouth College for Summer 2020. Her research interests include Israel’s position in the field of international relations and the peace process, and contemporary Austrian-Jewish history and literature.



Prof Dr Li-ann Thio


Dr Li-ann Thio, Ph.D. (Cambridge), LL.M. (Harvard), B.A. Hons (Oxford), Barrister (G.I.) is Provost Chair Professor at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore. She teaches and researches on the fields of Constitutional and Administrative law, Comparative Constitutional Law in Asia, Human Rights in Asia and Public International Law.

She is currently Chief Editor, Singapore Journal of Legal Studies and Advisory Board Member, Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law. She was formerly General Editor, Asian Yearbook of International Law, Chief Editor, Singapore Journal of International & Comparative Law and Editor, International Journal of Constitutional Law.

A prolific scholar, she has published more than 100 law review articles/book chapters and several books. Her monographs include Managing Babel: The International Legal Protection of Minorities in the Twentieth Century (2005) and A Treatise on Singapore Constitutional Law (2012).



Andrew Tucker


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).



Dr Cynthia Day Wallace

Senior Fellow

Dr Cynthia Day 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 .