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25 August 2008

7th NLS Debate

Hello All!
The 7th NLS Debate will be held from 29th October to 2nd November, 2008.This is a 3 on 3 debate similar to the Asians format. The NLS Debate hasgained much popularity in the subcontinent with 42 teams participating in2007.

We hope you can come to Bangalore and attend this event! Since the filedid not get uploaded the last time round, the invitation for the same anda few details are pasted in this email itself.
If any team needs a word/ pdf document, please email me and I will send you the invite!

Registration for the debate is now open. Kindly register by sending usan email at Please tell us the number of teams andadjudicators your institution will be sending.

Registration will close on September 15, 2008.

Looking forward to your participation!

The Literary and Debating Society of the Student Bar Association of theNational Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore, one of theforemost legal educational institutions in South Asia, is proud to bringto you its seventh edition of the National Law School Parliamentary Debate(‘NLS Debate’).
The debate will be held from 28th October to 2nd November, 2008.

Over the last five years, the NLS Debate has grown in size as well aspopularity and is now South Asia’s most prominent parliamentary-styledebating competition. From a truly national event in 2002 where St.Stephen’s College (New Delhi) took top honours, it evolved into aninternational one with active participation from universities fromPakistan and Sri Lanka in subsequent years. IIT Delhi, University CollegeLahore and Colombo Law Faculty are amongst the winners in the pasteditions. The NLS Debate sees participation from institutions in NewDelhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Pune, Chennai, Mumbai, Mohali,Bhopal, Cochin and Trivandrum. This year we hope to establish theinternational flavour of the debate by expanding the tournament from itssub-continental editions, to a truly Asian debate, by inviting teams fromacross Asia to participate.

The underlying ethos of NLSD has been to promote Parliamentary styledebating, and we undertook this endeavour by focussing in past years, onSouth Asia. As we welcome the growing trend of newer institutions adoptingthis format, we find it essential to grow and bring competition from otherAsians countries within our tournament.

The NLS Debate has built its reputation largely on its internal pool oftop notch adjudicators, some of who have adjudicated in the break roundsat the All Asian Inter-varsity Debating Championships and the AsianUniversities Debating Championships. Teams from NLS have consistentlytopped national debates in India, and have also shown consistentperformances on the Asian debating circuit, with two of our teams havingfaced each other at the Grand Finals of the All Asians IntervarsityDebating Championship 2008, Dhaka this year.

At this year’s tournament, we will follow the parliamentary-style formatlargely similar to the one followed at the All-Asian Championships. Weplan to have 6-7 preliminary rounds (depending on the number of teamstaking part) where each team will face opponents in the ‘3-on-3’ style,with reply speeches, on the basis of power-matching. The top 8 teams willprogress to the knock-out stage culminating in the Grand Finals. Besidesbeing a test for the speakers, accompanying judges are also continuouslyunder scrutiny with an individualised feedback system in place. To requestthe rules document, kindly send us an e-mail at

Every institution can register up to 2 teams, each team consisting of 3speakers and an accompanying adjudicator (n=1). Institutions may beallowed to register a third team if the total cap of teams in not reachedby the first deadline for registration. Though we encourage more studentadjudicators to participate, it is open to faculty, alumni, trainers andfriends to register as accompanying adjudicators. Formal Registration willbe opened shortly.
Registration for the NLS Debate is now open. Kindly register by emailingus at and telling us the number of teams and adjudicatorsyour institution will be sending.
Registration will close on September 1, 2008

NLS is committed towards introducing more and more Asian universities tothe tournament. The NLS debate is an ideal platform for spreading thedebating movement in South Asia and experienced international teams willbe giving us a great boost by taking part in our tournament.

Hoping to see you at the 7th National Law School Debate!

With Warm Regards,

Uttara Gharpure
Convenor, Literary and Debating Society 2008-2009
Student Bar Association,
NLSIU, Bangalore

Contacts: e-mail:
Tournament Director: Uttara Gharpure: +91 98860 54996,

Postal Address:
The Literary and Debating Society 2007-08,Student Bar Association,National Law School of India University, PO Bag 7201,Nagarbhavi, Bangalore – 560072, Karnataka, India.(Mark envelope as ATTN: Ms. Uttara Gharpure, 5th year)

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