Sydney, Hebrew Jerusalem and Keio are World Champions 2019

Datum: Jan 6th, 2019
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The World Universities Debating Championship (WUDC) 2019 in Cape Town, which took place 28.12.18-03.01.19, has ended with victories for teams from Sydney, Hebrew Jerusalem and Keio A. The holding of the Open final was accompanied by protests of the Black-African debate community.

Open

World Champions Cape Town WUDC 2019 Kevin Lee Bostan Nurlanov - © private

Kevin Lee and Bostan Nurlanov – © private

The Open final was won by Sydney D (Kevin Lee, Bostan Nurlanov) out of Closing Government. Their victory marked the third world championship triumph in the last five years for their debating union. Other participants in the final were Cornell B (Denny Lee, Aniroodh Ravikumar) in Opening Government , the Opening Opposition Sydney A (Imogen Harper, James Stratton) and the number one ranked ESL team Zagreb A (Tin Puljić, Lovro Šprem) in Closing Opposition. The motion read “This house believes that the present condition of humanity is better than it would be in 100 years time”.

Protesters took the stage at the Open final © Manuel J. Adams

Protesters took the stage at the Open final © Manuel J. Adams

Shortly before the start of the Open final, the stage was occupied by members of the Black-African debate community in order to force an apology from the officials of Cape Town WUDC for incidents which took place during the tournament. While the protest was ongoing, the final was held secretly in another room of the university. The adjudication panel was switched up due to this as well. (Editor’s note: The exact details and reasons of and behind the incident and how both parties acted are still unfolding. We will publish a summary once both official statements are out).

 

Roy Schulman and Elaye Karstadt - © private

Roy Schulman and Elaye Karstadt – © private

ESL

Hebrew Jerusalem B (Elaye Karstadt, Roy Schulman) are the new world champions in the ESL (English as Second Language) category. As Opening Government, they defeated HSE Moscow A (Aleksandr Zhuravlev, Mikhail Shuganov) in Opening Opposition, Tokyo A (Mayu Arimoto, Yutaro Kurihara) in Closing Government and IIU Malaysia A (Hilmy Yazid, Shitab Akash) in Closing Opposition on the motion “In the lead up to the 1994 negotiated settlement in South Africa, this house believes that the ANC should have demanded further concessions (e.g. removing the amnesty provision in the TRC, greater land and economic rights) even at the expense of prolonging the conflict”.

The final was judged by Brian Wong (chair), Ayal Hayut-man, Elisha Kunene, Eva-Marie Quinones, James Pacino, Jamie Jackson, Lex Sundarsingh, Lucian Tan and Teck Wei Tan.

EFL

The EFL (English as Foreign Language) category was won by Japanese team Keio A
(Takua Baba, Yusuke Fuse) as Closing Government. They prevailed against Opening Government IT Bandung A (Vincentius Michael, Ahmad Kushay), Opening Opposition Rosario B (Juanita Hincapie, Jorge Portocarrero) and Closing Opposition Binus B (Everild Agnes, Felix Kurniawan). The motion read “This House believes that it is unjustified to assist evil regimes in systematically persecuting members of their identity group in order to mitigate and moderate the regime’s abuses (e.g. Israel Kasztner in Nazi-controlled Hungary, Wang Jingwei in Japan-occupied China)”.

The adjudication panel consisted of Ashish Kumar (chair), Amrit Agastia, Dan Lahav, Daniel Berman, Enting Lee, Jehanna May, Lehakoe Masedi, Steph White and Yoni Cohen-Idov.

 

Masters and Public Speaking Contest:

Additionally, January 3rd also featured the finals of the Masters competition as well as the public speaking contest.

The Masters final was won by the opposition team consisting of Sella Nevo and Yoni Cohen-Idov.

The public speaking contest saw speeches of Mohamed Abdullahi, Jessica Pigeau, Daniel Gindis and Jeremiah Kobby Sekyi with Jeremiah Kobby Sekyi from Ghana being crowned the winner.

All teams that qualified for the outrounds can be found here. Additionally, the top speakers of each language category got honored. Those were (in total and average per round):

Open Top10
1. James Stratton (Sydney A) – 744 | 82,67
2. Rory Flynn (Durham A) – 743 | 82,56
3. Imogen Harper (Sydney A) – 742 | 82,44
4. Louis Collier (Oxford A) – 739 | 82,11
4.  Connor O’Brien (Melbourne B) – 739 | 82,11
4. Sophia Caldera (Harvard B) – 739 | 82,11
7. Theodora Von Arnim (Sydney E) – 738 | 82,00
8. Maddie Bosler (Sydney E) – 737 | 81,89
8. Kit Mercer (Oxford A) – 737 | 81,89
10. Bryan Yan (Oxford C) – 736 | 81,78

ESL Top 10
1. Gigi Gil (Oxford B) – 734 | 81,56
2. Tin Puljić (Zagreb A)  – 733 | 81,44
3. Sajid Khandaker (IBA Dhaka A) – 728 | 80,89
3. Sourodip Paul (IBA Dhaka A) – 728 | 80,89
5. Lovro Šprem (Zagreb A) – 727 | 80,78
6. Antonio Fabregat Marianini (Comillas A) – 724 | 80,44
7. Hamza Tariq Chaudhry (LSE A) – 721 | 80,11
7. Marike Breed (Leiden) – 721 | 80,11
9. Milos Marjanovic (PEP Belgrade A) – 720 | 80,00
9. Srijon Sheikh (Stanford F) – 720 | 80,00

EFL Top 10
1. Antonio Fabregat Marianini (Comillas A) – 724 | 80,44
2. Javier De La Puerta (Comillas A) – 717 | 79,67
3. Yutaro Kurihara (Tokyo A) – 710 | 78.89
4. Jovan Petronijevic (PEP Belgrade A) – 703 | 78.11
5. Jessica Andriani Liong (Indonesia A) – 701 | 77.89
6. Ahmad Kushay (IT Bandung A) – 698 | 77.56
6. Adfikri Kevin Marvel (Indonesia A) – 698 | 77.56
8. Jorge Portocarrero (Rosario B) – 697 | 77.44
8. Carl-Martin Keerberg (Tartu A) – 697 | 77.44
10. Erik Haamer (Tartu A) – 695 | 77.22

 

The Motions:

R1:Infoslide: Afrikaaners are a white South African ethnic group descended from predominantly Dutch settlers.

This House, as South Africa, would forcibly break up exclusive Afrikaaner enclaves

R2: This House believes that the protections of international law conventions and treaties should not apply to combatants from terrorist organisations (e.g. prohibition on torture, prisoner of war status, guarantee of post-conflict release)

R3: This House opposes the norm that romantic love should be the primary source of fulfilment in a person’s life

R4: Infoslide: Decolonisation refers to the process of critiquing and moving away from value systems and influences that were imposed on countries during colonialism. Some examples include: removing statues of colonial figures e.g. Cecil Rhodes, prioritising indigenous narratives of history over colonial narratives, replacing colonial authors with local authors in curricula.

This House believes that the ongoing process of decolonisation should include actively disempowering religions that were imposed on the country during colonialism

R5: This House would implement substantial measures to impose long-termism in corporate investment culture (e.g. minimum holding periods for shares, yearly rather than quarterly financial reporting, long-term executive compensation plans)

R6: Infoslide: Megacities are cities with a population of over 10 million people

This House supports granting megacities autonomous control over their economic and social policy (e.g. immigration, health, criminal justice) with national taxation policy remaining under the control of the federal government

R7: This House would actively encourage women not to have children

R8: This House believes that the United States should disengage from Syria

R9: This House believes that developing countries should privatise their State-Owned Enterprises (such as airlines, railway utility companies)


EFL:

SF: Infoslide: In most legal systems, in order to initiate legal proceedings, potential plaintiffs must demonstrate that they are directly involved in the issues of a case in a way that is distinct from general members of the public. This means that an ordinary citizen cannot challenge a law as unconstitutional if they cannot prove that it has, or is imminently likely to, directly affect them. A doctrine of open standing would allow anyone to initiate legal proceedings in court. Plaintiffs would still need to demonstrate a valid legal argument. For example, under the status quo, new healthcare legislation which may increase many people’s premiums could not be challenged by a general member of the public. Under a doctrine of open standing it could be.

This House would grant individuals and organisations open standing to challenge the constitutionality of laws enacted by their government

F: This House believes that it is unjustified to assist evil regimes in systematically persecuting members of their identity group in order to mitigate and moderate the regime’s abuses (e.g. Israel Kasztner in Nazi-controlled Hungary, Wang Jingwei in Japan-occupied China)


ESL:

QF: This House would subsidise art that glorifies the working class

SF: Infoslide: Recently there has been an increased use of big data and sophisticated algorithms in making various policy judgements. As technology in machine learning and artificial intelligence advances, it is becoming more feasible to apply such methods to more government decision making process.

This House supports governments significantly increasing their use of big data-based predictive models in decision-making to replace human judgements (e.g. criminal justice policy, allocation of healthcare resources, housing development)

F: In the lead up to the 1994 negotiated settlement in South Africa, this house believes that the ANC should have demanded further concessions (e.g. removing the amnesty provision in the TRC, greater land and economic rights) even at the expense of prolonging the conflict


Open:

PDOF: Infoslide: The World Health Organisation has adopted conventions on various health topics which can impose binding regulations on member states.

This House believes that the WHO should adopt a convention which bans the sell of drugs with high resistance tendencies (e.g. antibiotics) to countries which do not comply with WHO guidelines regarding their medical and agricultural use

OF: Infoslide: For the purposes of this debate, “Political Expansionism” is an approach to international relations which involves exerting pressure over and intervening in the internal affairs of other states. It seeks to spread ideology and exercise influence over the political and information environments of the targeted countries through channels such as economic investment and backing political groups.

This House believes that an approach of Political Expansionism on the part of the Chinese state is in the interests of the Chinese people

QF: This House supports a norm of embracing anger in public discourse rather than one of aspiring to dispassionate objectivity

SF: Infoslide: In the status quo, financial institutions use the money deposited by customers (e.g. in a bank account) to make loans and investments. Deposits could alternatively be used to buy government-back safe assets (e.g. treasury bonds), which tend to have the lowest risk of default of all assets. In this debate, an “equity account” would be an account where the financial institution can use deposits for loans and investments. The value of an equity account fluctuates based on the value of its underlying assets. A “narrow banking” regulation is the requirement that all financial institutions back up all deposits with an equivalent value of government-back safe assets, unless customers choose to deposit their money in an “equity account”.

This House would impose a narrow banking regulation

F: This house believes that the present condition of humanity is better than it would be in 100 years time

 

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