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WSDC 2013 – Semifinal [RESULTS] Grandfinal Draw

SF: THBT the government should pay house wives and house husbands for their work

SF1: Ireland (9)(P) v. Australia (5)(O) == 7-0
SF2: Swaziland (2)(P) v. Singapore (3)(O) == 4-3

GF: Australia v. Swaziland

See Grand Final write-up here.

Team Swaziland during their 4-3 victory over Team Singapore (from @DebatingHungary)

Written by Paul Lau

4 February, 2013 at 11:13 pm

Inner Temple IV 2013 [MOTIONS] [RESULTS]

Date: 1-2 February 2013

CORRECTION: A previous version of this post incorrectly swapped Harish and Tom’s Best Speaker-ship.
Champions: Tom Hosking & Harish Natarajan
Best Speaker: Harish Natarajan
Best Speaker in Grand Final: Tom Hosking

CA:Ben Woolgar
DCA: Catherine Murphy, Hasan Dindjer

R1: THW Abolish Trial by Jury
R2: THBT, When and Where Gay Marriage is Legal, Religious Institutions Should Be Compelled to Conduct Gay Wedding Ceremonies
R3: THBT All Policy on Drugs, Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Controlled Substances Should Be Made by Expert Scientific Panels and not Elected Officials
R4: THBT The Arab Spring Has Been Bad for Egypt
R5: THW Punish Illegal Tax Avoidance by the Deprivation of Citizenship (NOTE FROM CA TEAM: “It has been pointed out to us that we confused avoidance and evasion. We are sorry, and a tad embarrassed”)

SF: THBT It Is Impossible to Be A Pro-Life Feminist
GF: TH Regrets that Lance Armstrong Got Caught


Written by Paul Lau

3 February, 2013 at 11:31 am

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York IV 2013 [RESULTS]

York IV 2013, held at the University of York on Saturday, 26th January 2013

Champions: Durham TEK (Anna, Elise)
Grand Finalists: Durham TT (Harriet, Simon), USCB L&M (Andrew, Joe), Lancaster (Matt, Jake)

Best Speakers
CIMG42101. Simon Tunnicliffe (Durham TT) 322
2. David McCreath (Edinburgh Ben Lau) 321
3. Joe Mayes (Durham MR) 318
4. Ben Lau (Edinburgh Ben Lau) 317
4. Elise Trewick (Durham TEK) 317
6. Andrew Beverstock (USCB L&M A) 315
7. Anna England-Kerr (Durham TEK) 313
7. Harriet Tooze (Durham TT) 313
9. Alex Harris (UCL A) 312
9. Jess Redmon (Durham MR) 312
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Written by Paul Lau

28 January, 2013 at 2:48 am

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R1: THW create public housing for the poor in wealthy neighborhoods
R2: THBT Japan should acquire nuclear weapons
R3: THW only imprison individuals who pose a direct and continuing threat to society
R4: THBT international development institutions (such as the World Bank) should not finance natural resource extraction projects in corrupt states
R5: THBT self-described progressive males of dominant ethnicities are morally obliged to refrain from taking positions of responsibility where there is a qualified alternative candidate from a historically disadvantaged group who would otherwise receive the post
R6: THW legally permit soldiers to refuse to participate in military actions or missions on the basis of conscious
R7: THBT European Union nations should forgive Greece’s sovereign debt
R8: THBT countries with booming populations should allocate every adult a single tradeable permit to have a child
R9: THW ban political parties and require candidates to run for office as independents
Half OF: THBT universities should never prohibit research or teaching on the ground of sexist, racist or otherwise discriminatory implications
OF: THBT the US should cut off all military aid to Egypt
QF: THW ban all advertising of consumer goods and services.
SF: THBT the WTO should never allow nations to place export restrictions on food, rare-earth metals, and other non-oil commodities
GF: THW not allow religious communities to expel members on the basis of views or actions that contradict doctrinal teachings

ESL QF: THBT publicly funded universities should be required to reduce enrolment in degree programs within their university that have statistically poor employment outcomes
ESL SF: THBT policies that may have significant environmental consequences should be subject to a veto by a “Supreme Court” of independent scientific experts
ESL GF: THBT representatives democracies with large numbers of foreigners living in their territory (on temporary or permanent basis) should create specific seats to represent them in parliament

EFL QF: THBT publicly funded universities should be required to reduce enrolment in degree programs within their university that have statistically poor employment outcomes
EFL SF: THBT the feminist movement should actively promote norms of stable monogamous relationships
EFL GF: TH welcomes the decline of the United States of America as the sole global super power

Masters R1: Should parents raise their child/ren without gender?
Masters R2: Should we ever imprison nonviolent offenders?
Masters GF: Should we support free-schooling?

Written by Paul Lau

3 January, 2013 at 10:55 pm

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Singapore Debate Open 2012 [MOTIONS]

Motions for the 2012 Singapore Debate Open 2012.

R1 (Gender) THBT nude protests regress the feminist movement
R2 (Technology, Environment, and Space) Assuming that it is feasible, THW actively encourage private mining operations on the moon
R3 (Labour Rights/Corporations (SMRT)) TH rejects the universality of rights of foreign workers
R4 (Zombies!!!!) In the event of a zombie apocalypse, strained of resources, THW abandon survivors in infested areas in the attempt to save more people
R5 (EU/Econs) THBT the future of the European Union lies in giving up the Euro currency
R6 (Sex Education) In developed countries with severe population replacement deficits, THW impose a sin tax on contraception
Original QF (Religion) THW remove the tax-exempt status of any religious organization involved in politics
QF (Law) THW allow repeat sex offenders the option of accepting permanent chemical castration in exchange for a lighter sentence
SF and Junior GF (Social Justice) THBT social injustice is a legitimate excuse for political violence.
GF (Geo Political) THW pay Myanmar to take back the Rohingyas

A rare side-note, there are two QF motions because the QF was re-drawn after one of the teams was disqualified due to the absense of one of its members.

Source: Facebook/The Organizers

Written by Paul Lau

17 December, 2012 at 12:13 am

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WSDC 2013 – Team Canada

Oliver (center first row), Anisah (right first row), Nasra (right second row), Jessie (center third row), Julia (right third row)

Team Canada for 2013 has joined tumblr, returning to the metaphorical internet airways that were last visited by Team Canada in 2010. They now have a twitter handle (@wsdccanada2013) as well as a tumblr where you can read about Team Canada in their own words. Here’s Team Canada:

  • Anisah Mahomed {Returning from WSDC 2013} (C)
  • Jessie Dorfmann {Returning from WSDC 2012}
  • Julia Milden
  • Nasra Moumin
  • Oliver Bjornsson

Alternate: Alessandra Harkness

Team Canada are coached by Elisa Frank (Judge at WSDC 2008 and WSDC 2010) and Josh Judah.

Source: and

Written by Paul Lau

12 December, 2012 at 6:15 pm

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Motions for the 2012 Northeast Asian Open hosted by Kyung Hee University,

R1: (Rights and state’s obligations) THBT gender reassignment surgery should be included in state funded medical care
R2: (Arts) THBT the government should compensate the music industry for the losses arising out of illegal downloading
R3: (Middle East) THS an Egyptian military security guarantee against the invasion of Gaza
R4: (Education) THBT early childhood education should undermine traditional gender roles
R5: (The New Age) THW treat cyberattack as an act of war
R6: (Development) THBT national governments should depopulate areas with few viable economic activities
OF: (Africa) THBT the West should actively seek to displace Chinese investments and acquisition of Africa’s natural land and resources
QF: (Immigration) THBT it is legitimate for States to reject immigrants who oppose the prevailing social values of the receiving State
SF: (The Middle East) THW ban religious parties from participating in elections in newly democratized Arab states.
GF: (Social Engineering) Assuming it is possible, THW incept citizens into socially good behavior
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Written by Paul Lau

11 December, 2012 at 11:20 am

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Cambridge IV 2012 [RESULTS]

Results for Cambridge IV held on the 16th and 17th of November 2012.

Key Results
Open Champions – BPP A (Harish, Andrew Tuffin)
ESL Champions – Leiden A (Karin, Daan)

Open Best Speaker – Mark Haughton (UCD L&H A)
Novice Best Speaker – Tash Rachman (Oxford RH)
ESL Best Speaker – Syed Saddiq (IIUM A)

The Tabs Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Paul Lau

18 November, 2012 at 6:34 pm

Oxford IV 2012 [RESULTS] [UPDATED]

The results of the 2012 Oxford IV. now updated based upon the final tab.

Main Break Champions: Hart House A (Veenu Goswami, Joshua Stark)
Grand Finalists: TCD Phil A (Johny Eagle, Adam Noonan), UCU L&H A (Mark Haughton, Christine Simpson), Edinburgh A (Marlena Valles, David Norris)
ESL Champions: Leiden C
Best ESL Speaker: Radu Cotarcea (BBU A)

Top 10 Speakers (Main Break)

The all Oxford related judging panel

  1. Fred Cowell – 423 (ULU A)
  2. Christine Simpson – 421 (UCD L&H A)
  3. Pam Cohn – 419 (ULU A)
  4. Ashish Kumar – 416 (Cambridge A)
  5. Mark Haughton – 415 (UCD L&H A)
  6. Sam Ward-Packard – 414 (Yale A)
  7. Rebecca Meredith – 412 (Cambridge A)
  8. David Norris – 409 (Edinburgh A)
  9. Matthew Arons – 409 (Princeton A)
  10. John Engle – 406 (TCD Phil A)

Written by Paul Lau

11 November, 2012 at 10:45 am

Imperial Open 2012 Tab [RESULTS] [MOTIONS]


R1: THBT the West should support a power sharing deal between the Afghan Government and the Taliban
R2: THBT Latin American Countries should use private military contractors to police high crime areas
R3: THBT the feminist movement should renounce the title of ‘Feminism’
R4: THBT in order to be eligible for public funding, art must be subject to a double-blind test, in which it is judged anonymously by an art critic, and by members of the public against the work of a 5-year-old

Team Tab

Speaker tab after the break Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Paul Lau

30 October, 2012 at 7:28 am


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