LSE Open

LSE Open 2013 [MOTIONS]

Motions for the 2013 LSE Open. The Chief Adjudicator was Jonathan Leader Maynar, who as joined by DCAs Leela Koenig and Christine Simpson.

R1: THBT western liberal democracies should institute bans on their citizens visiting illiberal states whose economies depend on tourism
R2: THW require prospective owners or large shareholders of sport clubs/teams to gain majority support from season ticket holders or other representatives of the fan base to complete their acquisition
R3: THW make conscription a war crime
R4: THW require close relatives of the homeless to pay their welfare costs to the extent that they can afford to do so
R5: THW allocate state funding for the arts exclusively to new and original work, and never to reproductions of ‘great works’ or other old plays, opera, music, films or art
QF: THBT the International Criminal Court should focus on indicting and prosecuting larger numbers of middle-to-low ranking suspects for war crimes, crimes against humanity, or genocide, rather than smaller numbers of high ranking suspects
SF: THBT the civil and criminal legal system has no business considering or regulating behaviour that exclusively occurs in online virtual worlds such as ‘Second Life’
GF: THW support policies of ‘ever increasing political union’ – i.e. progressive political integration aimed at the distant goal of federal unification – amongst members of the League of Arab States

ESL GF: THW allow pro-life organisations to offer to pay women considering abortions to carry the baby to term (assuming adequate child support services exist)


[VIDEO] LSE Open 2012 Grand Final & Results

Video of the Grand Final of the 2012 London School of Economic and Political Science’s Debate Open.
Thanks to LSE Debater and LPC Alumni, Abel Lam for the upload.

The motion is ‘TH Regrets the decline of Marxism in Western Liberal Democracies’

Champions: Fred Cowell and Jason Vit

Grand Finals:
OG: Arrest Warents – Daniel Warents (PM) & Lewis Iwu (DPM)
OO: Minority Quotas – Stephen Boyle (LO) & Harish Natarajan (DLO)
CG: Freddy v Jason – Fred Cowell (MG) & Jason Vit (MW)
CO: Crown Dom. B – Joe Roussos (MO) & Ashish Kumar (OW)

The Tab

LSE Open 2012

Dear All,

Registration for the largest and most prestigious open debate tournament in the UK is now open, so be sure to register early to guarantee yourself a spot before we fill our team cap!

This year, the Bank of America Merrill Lynch LSE Open will be taking place on the 18th and 19th of February 2012.

Registration Details:

  • Please register on our website starting January 1st 2012. Click here to register.
  • The registration fee will be £50 for IONA teams, and £40 for international teams.
  • The team cap is set at 100 (there will be no institutional cap). The N-1 judges rule applies.

This year, the Bank of America Merrill Lynch LSE Open will be bigger and better than ever:

  • 5 Preliminary Rounds of Closed Motions, 7 minute speeches. Open break to Quarter-Finals, ESL break to Semi-Finals.
  • Our distinguished CA team will include:
  • Chief Adjudicator Shengwu Li (WUDC Finalist, EUDC & Cambridge IV Winner)
  • Chief Adjudicator Ruth Faller (EUDC Semi-Finalist, EUDC CA 2011, Durham IV & Galway IV Winner)
  • Deputy Chief Adjudicator Koen van Schie (Oxford IV ESL Winner, EUDC ESL Semifinalist & Cambridge IV ESL Finalist)
  • We will be having amazing socials on Friday (for early arrivals), Saturday and Sunday nights!
  • For more information, please contact our Organising Committee at Join us on our Facebook event page today!

    We look forward to seeing you come February!

    Best wishes,
    John Lee

    Convenor | Bank of America Merrill Lynch LSE Open 2012
    LSE SU Debate Society | London School of Economics & Political Science

    Top Posts of the Year 2011

    2011 is coming to a close, and has grown another year older, 27 months and counting. There have been over 88,700 views since this blog began in October 2009, and over 550 posts (recall just 12 months ago, that number stood at a little over 180) which means that the “Posting at least once every week in 2011” commitment became more of a ‘Posting once a day’. It’s been an amazing year in terms of the blog, nearly 66,000 views just this year. So here’s a look back at the top posts of 2011.

    1. WSDC 2011 – Team Lists [1st all time]
    Part of the WSDC 2011 series, the posts resided in sidebar of for over 8 months in the run-up to WSDC 2011 in Dundee, listing the team members attending WSDC 2011, at least those I could find.

    2. Fire at UWC Atlantic College [2nd all time]
    Other than debating, this was undoubtedly the second biggest story of the blog this year. I started this post 2 hours after the incident itself and continued updating it as a running summary of the situation.

    3. TOK Essay – May 2012 [3rd all time]
    Let’s just say this has not been the highlight of my Christmas holiday.

    4. Fire at UWC Atlantic College – Photo Set 1 [4th all time]
    The first images of the aftermath of the fire. Incidentally, April 14th was the busiest day on the blog with just under 1,300 views in just 24 hours.

    5. [RESULTS] LSE Open 2011 [Tab]
    A tournament I attended with David as my debating partner, joined by other Team Wales member Cat and Sarah. An amazing experience and my first peek into university level debating. You can read about what happened in my de-facto diary entry 1, 2 and see how Team Wales fared.

    6. WSDC 2011 – Official World Rankings
    Also part of the WSDC 2011 series, the official world rankings followed my earlier, and rather more controversial, post with my own calculations (which were quite accurate, even if I say so myself)

    7. AC IB Results 2011
    A good year for AC and some good results all together for my dear second years. Sadly, that puts the bar quite high for the UWC AC class of 2012.

    8. [RESULTS] WSDC 2011 – Round-up
    The ultimate summary of my final high-school tournament – WSDC 2011 – before I left the high-school debating scene. An amazing tournament and some unforgettable memories. Thank you to everyone.

    9. Fire @UWC Atlantic College – Photo Set 2
    The second set of photos regarding the Sunley fire, this time with my own photos.

    10. SCMP – Profile: Chris Lee (IS) IGCSE Top of the World
    A not so original post, but an article that did catch my eye, and clearly attracted quite a bit of attention too.

    Honorary Mentions

    I think it is worth noting at this point that although only 3 WSDC 2011 related posts were found in the top 10, and only 4 debating related posts, the next 10 posts are exclusively debating related, 8 of which are WSDC 2011 related as well. August 2011 was also the most popular month for with nearly 14,000 views. A final thought: isn’t it interesting that Team Singapore, Team Canada and Team England come in as top posts on their own?

    11. WSDC 2011 – Team Singapore
    12. WSDC 2011 – Media Guide [UPDATED]
    13. WSDC 2012 – Prepared Motions [UPDATED]
    14. [RESULTS] WSDC 2011 – Round 1 & 2
    15. WSDC 2011 – Team Canada
    16. [RESULTS] WSDC 2011 – Break, Round 7 & 8
    17. WSDC 2011 – Team England
    18. [RESULTS] WSDC 2011 – Round 5 & 6
    19. ASDC 2011 – Participating Institutions
    20. WIDPSC 2011 – Grand Final [RESULTS] + Analysis

    LSE Open 2011

    The LSE Open will be held on the 19th and 20th of February this year.
    We’re certain it’s going to be a bigger, better and more efficiently run tournament than ever.

    When: 19th & 20th February 2011
    Where: LSE Campus, Holborn
    CAs: John Ashbourne and Anser Aftab – World finalists and winners of the Oxford IV
    Registration: £40 per team
    Convenor: Scott MacDonald

    There is no institution cap and a team cap of 100, so register quick to get spots!

    We will guarantee crash on FRIDAY and SATURDAY nights for all international teams. Domestic teams should apply for crash when registering and we’ll try our very best to accommodate you, but seeing as most people have friends at London universities the demand isn’t usually that high.

    We will be having amazing socials on FRIDAY, SATURDAY and SUNDAY nights!
    Last year we bought more alcohol than we could drink… we’ll be doing the same again.

    If you have any other questions feel free to email us at
    Registration is open now at