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9 March 2012

Paris Open 2012

Registration for the Paris debating tournament is now officially open! We thus invite and encourage you and your members to come and participate in the Paris Open debating tournament which will take place on the 6th and 7th of April at Telecom ParisTech and we are delighted to welcome Anat Shapira as our Chief Adjudicator: DCA WUDC 2011, DCA EUDC 2007, CA of various tournaments in Netherlands, Turkey, France and Israel. Best ESL speaker WUDC 2006, best ESL speaker EUDC 2005 and 2003. Winner/finalist/top speaker of various other tournamentsThe Paris debating tournament is an annual debate tournament organised by the Paris Debating Union, a group of Parisian university debating societies. The organising team gathers students from some of France's most prestigious universities: Paris Descartes, Sciences Po Paris, Université Panthéon-Assas, and Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications to establish friendly yet competitive debating in France and to continue a true debating tradition throughout Europe and further afield.

This will be a closed motion tournament, where all debates are conducted in British Parliamentary Style (BPS) also known as World Style over a two day period.There will be five preliminary rounds with breaks to semi-finals (with separate English as Second Language semi inclusive) and finals. The team cap is restricted to 48 teams (with the N-1 rule applying for judges) and a registration fee of €70 per team (i.e. 35 € per person) is required.

While now officially an open (composite teams permitted) the organisers extend this definition to mean an open flow of wine throughout the tournament! We also welcome a certain infamous lemon-sugar-vodka drink to our socials!
The Paris IV has been highly praised in terms of quality and style, making it a tournament you do not want to miss. We look forward to hearing from you, and do hope to see you at what certainly promises to be an unforgettable event! So for the chance to meet interesting people, in beautiful surroundings right in the heart of what is arguably the world’s greatest city, come to the Paris Open 2012!

To register visit: Our Facebook page can be found here: the official Facebook event is at:

For further enquiries, please contact:

Hilary Bowen-Walsh
Paris Open organisation team 2012

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