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27 September 2011

Registration Underway for the 2011-12 International Public Policy Forum

Is your debate team looking for a new challenge? Registration is currently underway for the 2011-12 Bickel & Brewer/New York University International Public Policy Forum (IPPF).
The IPPF is the only contest that gives students across the globe the opportunity to engage in written and oral debates on issues of public policy -- for free. Students compete for cash prizes and the chance to be one of eight teams invited on an all-expense-paid trip to the IPPF Finals in New York City! In New York, the IPPF World Champion is awarded a $10,000 (USD) grand prize!
To participate, your team can register by clicking this link:
The deadline to register is October 12. Your team should then construct a 2,800 word qualifying round essay on the IPPF topic, "Resolved: Human missions should be a significant focus of space exploration." Qualifying round essays can be written in the affirmative or the negative, but must be submitted to by October 26, 2011. 
The Top 32 teams earn cash awards and advance into a single-elimination, written debate contest -- volleying essays back and forth via e-mail until only eight teams are left standing. Those eight teams compete in oral debates in New York City in front of an elite panel of judges that includes NYU President John Sexton and Bickel & Brewer Partner William A. Brewer III.
To learn more, visit today! This could be the year your team is named the IPPF World Champion!

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