WSDC 2014 – Draw

LogoThe draw for WSDC 2014 Thailand has been announced. Below are the following:

  1. Round-by-round by teams in alphabetical order
  2. Head-to-head by rounds 0 to 8
  3. Raw draw including draw videos I find all of this year’s draw video’s particularly wonderful and entertaining so well worth a watch :D
  4. Grid
  5. Team Rankings

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Oxford IV 2014

Molly and Jamie are doing a smashing job and this is all massively exciting! But for fear of failing to move on from what is no someone else’s party, the remainder of this shall be decidedly boring in format.

Oxford IV 2014 Convenors

Oxford IV 2014 Convenors Jamie Jackson and Molly McParland

Various bits of Oxford IV 2014 related news.:

1. Molly McParland and Jamie Jackson have been appointed Oxford IV 2014 Convenors
2. The Oxford IV will take place on the 14th-15th November 2014.
3. CA Team: Colin Etnire, Emilia Carlqvist, Tasha Rachman, Christine Simpson
4. Website: http://oxfordiv.com/
5. Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1455058821411915/
6. Registration: International registration opens 1 August, IONA registration opens 1 September with 20 half-price IONA spots opening at the same time
7. Discount for new IONA universities

We want to make sure that the Oxford IV represents a competition that is accessible to all IONA universities. It is an international competition, but an IONA-centric one. Therefore, we are offering 20 team places at half price this year to IONA institutions who do not normally attend, or have not recently attended, the IV. These places will be assigned on the basis of competitive application, with spreading opportunities being the primary criterion. We believe that the Oxford IV should be accessible to all of IONA’s best debaters, regardless of the wealth of their society.

WSDC 2014 – Attending Teams Analyzed: Part 2 [UPDATED]

[UPDATE] 7 July 2014: Updated to reflect the final confirmed list of 46 teams. Specifically, this involved confirmation of Japan and Singapore’s attendance, and the addition of Namibia. This puts the tournament at 46 teams and I suspect this will mean 6 groups of 6 along with 2 groups of 5 forming groups A-H respectively.

This is based on the 45 teams who have been named as either attending or pending by the organisers of WSDC 2014. Data is drawn from tabs of the last 17 WSDCs.

Recent performance
New Zealand return to the top of the table after last appearing in the top spot prior to WSDC 2010 with a clean record of 24 wins from the last 24 preliminary rounds. England maintain its spot in 2nd with Australia dropping to 3rd. See here for the 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010 lists.

Since the use of a draw grid was introduced at WSDC 2010, the tournament has seen 48 or more teams, leading simply to sets of 6 with slight increases if necessary. It remains unclear how the grid will be structured this year with just 45 teams, and potentially might see 4 sets of 11 instead of 8 sets of 5/6 as the basis for the grid.

In any event, here is the unofficial list showing how teams have performed in the last few years and where they are likely to stand in the pre-tournament ranking process. This is the average performance of each country in the preliminary rounds of the last three tournaments. The pre-tournament ranking system was introduced at WSDC 2010 but this is no guarantee that WSDC 2014 will use this system. The order of countries is first by the average number of wins, then average number of judges. In the few cases where this is insufficient to distinguish teams, I have gone with the team that has a higher number of wins and judges at WSDC 2013. (Ireland>UAE, South Korea>Scotland, Thailand>Philippines, Slovenia>Lithuania)

WARNING: I am personally responsible for any errors and apologise in advanced for any. This list is not official and not certain of being 100% accurate, it is intended merely as a guide.
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WSDC 2014 – Attending Teams Analyzed: Part 1

This is based on the 45 teams who have been named as either attending or pending by the organisers of WSDC 2014. Data is drawn from tabs of the last 17 WSDCs.

Not attending
Though a number of teams stated they probably weren’t going to attend WSDC 2014, some have magically decided they will be attending after all. No word as to what has changed, although a number of countries did indicate their earlier statements were based on parental assessments at the time and which understandably may have changed.

However, a few teams will still be missed in Thailand, including Bermuda, Czech Republic and Hong Kong who have each attended at least 16 of the last 17 WSDCs with the exception of Hong Kong who have attended 13 of the last 17. Other more recent regulars include Qatar (5 of the last 5), Namibia (3 of the last 5) and Mongolia (3 of the last 5).

Regulars, or not
Of the 45 set to attend, some of the most usual suspects are back, including Australia, Canada, England, Israel, Lithuania, Scotland, Singapore, USA and Wales having attended all the last 17 WSDCs. Argentina, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Peru, Slovakia and South Africa not too far behind having missed only 1 of the last 17 WSDCs.
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WSDC 2014 – Attending Teams [UPDATED]

[UPDATE 28 June] To reflect latest update from the organisers.

As indicated by the organisers on the Thailand WSDC facebook page, they are expecting some 46 teams to attend WSDC 2014. This will be the smallest tournament since WSDC exploded in size in 2010.

The draw is yet, though set, to be announced shortly pending confirmation from a few countries. It’ll still be an earlier announcement than 2013 when the draw was released 19 days before the tournament, though a little less than the 39 days teams were given between the draw and the tournament for 2012.
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Mooting about real life

Just completed a moot competition yesterday. Mooting’s one of those things law students do during their uni years, but what was really interesting about this particular moot wasn’t so much the process itself, but the fact that, for the first time, I could see the real life implications or at least relevance of what we were doing.

This was a moot with a moot problem which wasn’t fictional but in fact a real case, based on real facts that actually happened in real life, in proceedings following from an official judgment by an active court, and even judged ultimately by one fo the leading barristers to the case. And if the reality of the case hadn’t been established yet, the case was one which could be found online, with facebook pages campaign for both parties, and one could even identify the family members of the parties to the case. As I later discovered, the same application is likely to be submitted in the foreseeable future, which implies that the case might be argued before a real court, potentially seeing some of the arguments being run many times better.

Mooting, Debating, Model United Nations and all those other exercises we do during our time in academia often appear to have little to no value. They happen, they finish, (often someone wins and others lose), and then we all go home. That’s that.

So I guess I’m thankful for this weeks moot, not because in process or substance it was that different from other moots, but because it was particularly refreshing in how it narrowed the gap between the academic simulation and real life!

Cue entirely unrelated photo

A photo of an entirely different mooting event I was in, but since I haven’t posted this before, and given its tangential relevance :D (Click for details of the photo)