Top Posts of the Year 2012

Another year, and a rather busy year, and the world hasn’t ended. So time permitting, PaulLau.com can continue. I haven’t quite managed to post once a day, but somehow I think reality is going to put a damper on that idea either way. There were as many views in 2012 as there have been since this blog started in October 2009. We also had the best day so far with nearly 2,000 views January Here’s a look back at the top posts of 2012.

1. WUDC 2012 Tab and [RESULTS]
Once the prize of WSDC related posts, it seems that WUDC has managed to claim the first position this year. A lot of interest in this post, particularly at the end of 2012 with WUDC 2013 Berlin happening at the same time.

2. WUDC 2012 [MOTIONS]
I’ve stopped posting event details, but I still think motions are incredibly useful both for recording purposes and for other people to use as a reference.

3. WSDC 2012 Team Tab by Speaks [RESULTS]
WSDC sneaking back into the picture here. An interesting post given the unconventional nature of the way of sorting teams. Some interesting ingishts could nevertheless be gleaned though.

4. WUDC 2012 Grand Final Video
A very strong Grand Final performance by all the teams involved. Well recomended!

5. WSDC 2012 Top 10 Speakers
6. WSDC 2012 [MOTIONS]
7. WSDC 2012 Round-up [RESULTS]
8. WSDC 2012 Final Team Rankings
9. WSDC 2012 Grand Final [RESULTS]
10. Exams


Motions already posted at WUDC 2013 [MOTIONS]

Champions: Monash B (Nita Rao & James Beavis)
ESL Champions: BRAC Bangladesh A (Ratib Mortuza Ali & Aaqib Farhan Hossain)
EFL Champions: Porto A (Tiago Vieira Laranjeiro & Ary Ferreira da Cunha)
Masters Champion: United Kingdom (Jack Watson, Sam Block, James Hardy)

Top 10 speaker tab and full results below.


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?

WUDC 2012 – Results and tab

It seems there is finally a digital copy of the WUDC 2012 Tab, courtesy of Art Ward and hosted by Colm Flynn through Window’s Sky Drive.

Overall Tabs
Overall Team Tab
ESL Team Tab
EFL Team Tab

Speaker Tabs
Overall Speaker Tab
ESL Speaker Tab
EFL Speaker Tab

Thanks to http://globaldebateblog.blogspot.com/ for brining this to everyone’s attention.

[VIDEO] WUDC 2012 Championship Dinner Video

Another slick, well done video from DLSU Worlds University Debating Championships 2012

In my opinion, the first one was better, but then again, it was an impossibly high bar to reach and this one did an amazing job of reaching that elusive goal. Well done to the WUDC 2012 video team.

Results for WUDC 2012

Main Break

Champion: Monash B (Kiran Iyer and Amit Golder)

  • Monash B
  • Oxford B
  • Stanford A
  • Sydney B
Best Speakers:
  1. Ben Woolgar (Oxford A)
  2. Steph Bell (Oxford B)
  3. Steve Wittington (Victoria Wellington A)
  4. Paul Karp (Sydney A)
  5. Hugh Burns (Oxford A)
  6. Michael Baer (Stanford A)
  7. Pat Cadwell (Sydney A)
  8. Udayan Mukherjee (Victoria Wellington A)
  9. Chris Bisset (Monash C)
  10. Catherine Murphy (TCD Phil B)