TAYLOR’S University College retained its title by edging its opponents from Multimedia University (MMU) at the Second Taylor’s Inter-College Law Debate Final recently. It was double joy for Taylor’s as second speaker Sharizal Mohd Sidek also won the best speaker award.
Debating on the motion Beyond the shadow of a doubt, the right to live is outweighed by the duty to punish, the Taylor’s team comprising Kan Ming Choy, Sharizal, and V. Varunnath gave a splendid display of analytical and oratorical skills against their MMU counterparts. The other institutions which took part were INTI International University College, Kemayan ATC, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi Mara, and Universiti Malaya.
Like the champions, some of the other teams fielded veterans from the inaugural competition and this ensured stiffer competition. As the purpose of the tournament is to expose law students to a higher standard of critical thinking, effective communication and research skills, the motions throughout the competition raised relevant issues in society.
The motion in the quarter-finals was Corporations have a social responsibility and legal duty to protect and the environment is one of them, and in the semi-finals The right to free speech has no place in a globalised world.
The adjudicators included judges Datuk Gopal Sri Ram and Datuk Vincent Ng Kim Khoay as well as lawyers Steven Thiru and Ariff Rozhan. Sri Ram, the chief adjudicator in the final, said the arguments from both teams were superb.
“It was definitely a very mature performance,” he added.