World Debating News
24 October 2008
Beijing Foreign Studies University and IDEA are holding an international Worlds Style debate tournament December 5th through December 7th, 2008. You can find the invitation, schedule, and entry forms in English and in Mandarin here: [http://www.willamette.edu/cla/debate/events/China/IDEA-BFSU4-TeamTournament2008/] http://www.willamette.edu/cla/debate/events/China/IDEA-BFSU4-TeamTournament2008/.
There are no entry fees for this tournament.
We hope to see many of you in Beijing!
Source: allasians list
We are proud to announce that registration is now open at www.joyoftournaments.com/africa/botswana
More registration information and other news about the tournament is available on our website, at http://www.botsdebating.com/!
The tournament is open to anyone who is interested, but priority will be given to teams from the African Continent.
Please share this with anyone whomight be interested!
CA - PAUDC
- on behalf of PAUDC Org Com
Source: Allasians list
21 October 2008
Brandeis - Turkish Secularism (Mark Samburg & Evan Green-Lowe)
Harvard - CUSID West (Alan Cliff & Chris Kolerok)
Queen's - Happy (Claudia Newman-Martin & Anisah Hassan)
Queen's - Doc (Christine Wadsworth & Sheldon McCormick)
McGill - Von Bering (Nicole Gileadi & Calvin Rosemond)
McGill - Van't Hoff (Sean Stefanik & Sophie McIntyre)
Alaska A (Severin Randal & Ben Ferguson)
Top Speaker: Mark Samburg (Brandeis - Turkish Secularism)
Top Public Speaker: Mark Samburg
Top Novice Team: Carleton Hates Fun (Emma Cole and Waleed Malik)
Top Novice Speaker: Max Rau - Western B
20 October 2008
For ten years maintaining high quality debating and competent judging accompanied by lavish socials with unlimited free alcohol and excellent food in the splendid surroundings of the central Riga’s Art Nouveau architecture, SSE Riga & LMT IV has become a real highlight among the events of this kind in Central and Eastern Europe. It will indeed remain such in 2008 captivating with a funky atmosphere, creative flare and passion for controversy only Riga can offer.
While keeping the cornerstone aspects of our traditional package we constantly strive for further enhancements. During this year’s event we will be delighted to accommodate you at the 5-star Radisson SAS hotel.
Delivering our promise of fair and professional adjudication Co-CAs of the tournament - Nick Devlin, the former director of Debating at the Cambridge Union Society, and Yuri Romanenkov, the ESL finalist at WUDC 2007 in Vancouver, are in the process of selecting a pool of highly qualified adjudicators. It already includes Debbie Newman, a former president of the Cambridge Union and the coach of the winning team at World Schools 2008, as well as several high profile alumni of the SSE Riga & LMT Debate Society.
We offer this entire package for mere €40 per debater and €20 for adjudicator coming in compliance with n-1 rule.
The registration closes on 30 November, or when the cap of 40 teams is reached, whichever is earlier. For more information, registration form and encounter with a blue speaking cow (yet another highlight of this year’s event) please visit our website http://www.sserigaiv.com/
We will continue putting every effort to make the tournament unforgettable and look forward to seeing you in December.
Should you have any questions do not hesitate to contact:
The tournament will take place on November 29-30, 2008. This time we extend the warmest invitation to come to our regular debating championship to any team willing to spend several days in Moscow with the friendliest people you’ve ever met, to have a lot of fun playing snowball debate and, of course, to explore one of the greatest cities in the world.
This year we expect to host up to 40 teams from Russia, CIS and beyond. We don't set any caps on the number of the teams from one university, debating society or country. However, we would encourage N-1 rule for adjudication. Although we expect to have an excellent adjudication squad (a WUDC winner and some experienced debaters who have breaking at WUDC record), we would not like to find ourselves in a position of monopoly in judging.
The tournament will be held in English and it will be in the British parliamentary format (WUDC style).
Venue of the championship is MGIMO University (mgimo.ru). It has really nice facilities both for debating rounds and for rest in between them. Meals will be available at MGIMO various cafes and canteens (at your own expense). We will also organize free coffee-breaks. For our guests we will organize accommodation either in one of the nearby hotels or student hostels and dorms of other universities.
So what we want to say is that the only necessary precondition to come to MGIMO in November is your desire to do that!
Have you any question, visit our web-site http://mgimodc.ru/mo2008 or feel free to contact us email@example.com
It gives the Tallinn Debating Sociery great pleasure to announce the hosting og Tallinn IV 2009, which also happens to be the 5th Baltic Championships. The event builds on our experience from the EUDC 2008 and is planned to take place over May 3rd-8th, including a 4 day academy and 2 day tournament.
With the help of funding from the European Union Youth in Action programme we are able to cover participation costs for the whole week and 50% of travel expenses for up to 60 participants, provided they attend the whole event. We are now looking for partner organisations from EU member states that would be interested and capable of sending prople to the event from their ddebating society and/or country. Each partner organisation should commit to sending a delegation of 6-10 people. Bear in mind that not all delegates have to be members of your debating society - they just have to be legal residents of your country. Here is a list of opportunities and expectations:
What we offer
- Free participation of a weeklong event (incl. accomodation, food, most socials, and transportation in Estonia)
- 50% reimbursement of travel expenses to Tallinn, Estonia (economy class tickets, may exclude travel costs to your departure airport)
- Top-flight BP coaches to improve your debating skills
- Fun-packed event with a 4-day academy outside of Tallinn and a 2-day tournament in Tallinn
- High level of debating and judging
- and then some.....
What we expect
- Confirmation of your commitment by October 20th
- Initial list of participants' names and the group leader's name by October 25th (people may change later on with a good excuse)
- Fill in and sign the preliminary agreement form by October 25th (includes data on your organisation, initial list of participants names and a name of group leader)
- Scan and e-maiil the form to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 25th (fax alternative also available if requested)
- Post the form to Estonian Debating Society (Joe 9, 10151 Tallinn, Estonia) by October 25th
- Readiness for 1-2 representatives to attend a 2-day advanced planning meeting in Estonia during Spring 2009
- Motivation for representatives of your delegation to prepare a 45 minute lecture on the subject of innovation in the economy (specific focus to be determined later)
We hope to receive participants from all applying partnet organisations, but if we run out of slots, we will for the sake of reliability prefer organisations that we have a working relationship with from EUDC 2008 and Tallinn IV 2007. We aim to have up to 8 partner organisations. The event will also be open to other participants.
If you have any questions please contact us at email@example.com. We'd be more than happy to fill you in on this what we believe is an exceptionally good offer and hope to welcome you in Estonia next spring.
Tallinn Debating Society - www.debate.ee/tvk
Estonia Debating Society - www.debate.ee
We are pleased to announce that registration for the Allen and Overy Birmingham IV 2008 is now open. The details of this years competition are as follows:
Date: Friday 12th to Saturday 13th of December 2008.
Cost: £45 per team (judges free)
Team cap: 40
Birmingham is the last UK IV before Worlds in Cork. As such, and in keeping with tradition, it will be held in Worlds format. Speeches will be 7 minutes in length, and motions 'Worlds style'. With World's being held just across the water in Cork this year no doubt many more British teams will be heading to the World Championships, the Birmingham IV provides a great opportunity to get some practise.
Our CA this year will again be Miss Hannah Bush, barrister extraordinaire, Worlds breaking judge, finals panellist of many a British IV and Birmingham alumna. She will be ably assisted by Alex Deane, Alex Ward, Rhydian Morgan and Willard Fox ton amongst others. All of the above have broken at Worlds as speakers and some as judges too. We will be adding to the list over the coming months, if you would like to feature on the it let Hannah know on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your reg fee includes
- guaranteed crash for 2 nights
- Dinner Friday and Sat
- 2 socials
- cash prizes for best speaker and winning team.
In 2006 finalists at the Birmingham IV included 3 speakers who proceeded to make it to the Worlds final. This year, we hope to see more speakers achieving the same feat.
To register, or ask any questions please email email@example.com
Have a look at our website http://www.ubds.co.uk/
Or our facebook group http://www.new.facebook.com/group.php?gid=43949138792
We look forward to seeing you there.
Very best wishes for the coming academic year,
Alison Abrahams and Beth Jobbins
Co-convenors Birmingham IV 2008
The University of Birmingham Debating Society
There are less than two weeks to go until the Imperial IV 2008! We still have some spaces left, so if you would like to register teams, do email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It's going to be a great all-purpose IV - with fantastic motions and a fabulous judging pool led by Jonathan Leader Maynard (CA), it'll be a great way for you to prepare for the Oxford/Cambridge season. Not only is the Imperial IV suitable for the more experienced speaker, but it offers a unique friendly environment which is perfect for your freshers to cut their teeth in. It will be held on Saturday 1st November at Imperial College London's South Kensington Campus - and remember, registration is only £20 per team! Of course, the registration fee also includes food and drink at our post-competition social. The competition is generously sponsored by Glencore UK, so we can give you very good value for money.
If you would like more information about the competition or to register teams, let me know.
We look forward to seeing you soon!