WUDC Korea 2021 – Zagreb, Tel Aviv und St. Petersburg gewinnen

Datum: 21. Juli 2021
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Kategorie: Das Thema, Turniere

Die World University Debating Championship 2021 ist vorbei und die neuen Weltmeister im Debattieren kommen aus Zagreb, Tel Aviv und St. Petersburg!

Open Kategorie

Logo der WUDC Korea 2021 – © Liesel Sueyeon Oh

In der Open Kategorie konnte sich mit Zagreb A (Tin Puljić, Lovro Šprem) zum ersten Mal überhaupt ein Nicht-Muttersprachler-Team den Titel sichern. Das Team stand bereits 2019 in Kapstadt im Open Finale der Weltmeisterschaften, diesmal sollte es für den Titel reichen.

Nach einem dominanten Turnier (Platz 1 und 2 im Speakertab, Platz 1 (25 Punkte) im Teamtab) setzten sie sich im Finale aus der Eröffnenden Opposition gegen die Eröffnende Regierung Ateneo de Manila 2 (David Africa, Luigi Alcañeses), die Schließende Regierung LSE B (Hamza Tariq Chaudhry, Taha Iqbal) und die Schließende Opposition Ateneo de Manila 1 (Ignacio Villareal, Mikko Vitug) durch. Debattiert wurde die Motion „TH supports the creation of an international court with a mandate to prosecute leaders for health crimes“, juriert wurde das Finale von Enting Lee (Hauptjurorin), Ben Jackson, Hadar Goldberg, Janko Djordjevic, Juanita Hincapié, Njuguna Macharia, Ron Leizrowice, Senkai Hsia und Yarn Shih.

ESL Kategorie

Im Finale der English as Second Language Kategorie (ESL) konnte sich die Eröffnende Regierung Tel Aviv 1 (Assaph Hanany, Gil Peled) durchsetzen. Ebenfalls im Finale vertreten waren die Eröffnende Opposition Zagreb B (Olja Bošnjak, Petar Zec), die Schließende Regierung UP Los Baños 1 (Armi Requina, Belle Barbin) und die Schließende Opposition De La Salle 1 (Ken Alunan, Hans Wong). Das Thema lautete: „THBT governments would be justified in heavily pursuing Longtermism“. Es jurierten Ameera Moore (Hauptjurorin), Abhinav Reddy Bathula, Ilija Ivanišević, Kiana Saint-Macary, Lucie Slamova, Nicolas Lozano, Sourodip Paul, Udai Kamath und Umar Buckus.

EFL Kategorie

In der English as Foreign Language Sparte war das Team St Petersburg 1 (Artem Samarsky, Roman Ignatenko) siegreich. Es setzte sich gegen die Eröffnende Regierung Rosario B (Andres Felipe Juan Revelo Cuéllar, Sebastián Muñoz López) die Eröffnende Opposition BUET A (Jumana Tanuja, Shirsha Songshoptak) und die Schließende Opposition Kyiv A (Andrii Chumachov, Oleh Stoiev) durch. Die Debatte zum Thema „THBT international discussion forums should not self-censor* in an attempt to increase inclusivity to people from countries with stringent freedom-of-speech rules“ wurde von Ayal Hayut-man (Hauptjuror), Brent Schmidt, Jessica Musulin, Klaudia Maciejewska, Neo Wei Sheng, Pranav Kagalkar, Robert Barrie, Ruth Silcoff und Stefan Siridzanski juriert.

Der VDCH auf den WUDC

Gebreakt in der Open Kategorie: Samuel Scheuer und Dominik Hermle – © Privat

Aus dem deutschsprachigen Raum nahmen insgesamt sieben Teams aus 6 Debattierclubs teil. Dabei erreichte das Team Streitkultur A (Samuel Scheuer, Dominik Hermle) mit 17 Punkten als erstes deutsches Team die Partial-Double-Octofinals und damit den Open Break bei einer Weltmeisterschaft auf Platz 45 (Platz 9 im ESL-Tab). Zusätzlich wurde Samuel Scheuer den 6. Platz im ESL-Speaker-Tab, während Dominik Hermle den 12. Platz erzielte.

Das Team BDU 2 (Calyxx Peucker, Josef Moscovici), die Vizeweltmeister 2020 in der Kategorie ESL, ebenfalls auf 17 Punkten, verpasste den Open Break nach Speaks, breakte dafür aber auf Platz 12 in der Kategorie  ESL, wo es das Halbfinale erreichte.

Als Jurorin breakte Helena Hecke vom Kölner Tilbury House und wurde anschliessend in den ESL Halbfinals eingesetzt.

Zusätzlich wurde der VDCH durch die weiteren Teams BDU 1 (Flora Baek, Minh Chau Hoang), der Debattierclub Würzburg (Sven Bake, Anh Tu Ngo), die Debatte Karlsruhe (Emil Meckel, Johannes Janosovits) die Debattiergesellschaft Jena (Erik Thierolf, Yi He) und Debattierclub Zürich (Wiona Glänzer, Christopher Schön) sowie Uzair Tajuddin vom Debattierclub München als ebenfalls unabhängigem Juror vertreten.

Die diesjährige Ausgabe der World University Debating Championship fand nicht wie üblich über Silvester statt, sondern wurde in der Hoffnung, dass bis dahin eine Art Normalzustand eingekehrt sei, in den Sommer verschoben. Da eine Normalisierung nicht abzusehen war, fand die Meisterschaft jetzt vom 7-14. Juli  online über Discord und Zoom statt.

Open Top 10:
1. Tin Puljić (Zagreb A) – 756 | 84.00
2. Lovro Šprem (Zagreb A) – 751 | 83.44
3. Ignacio Villareal (Ateneo de Manila 1) 748 | 83.11
4. Mikko Vitug (Ateneo de Manila 1) 744 | 82.57
5. Hamza Tariq Chaudry (LSE B) 741 | 82.33
5. Jason Woods (Edinburgh A) 741 | 82.33
7. David Africa(Ateneo de Manila 2) 740 | 82.22
8. Luigi Alcañeses(Ateneo de Manila 2) 736 | 81.78
8. Chris Pang (Hart House A) 736 | 81.78
10. Naomi Panovka (McGill A) 735  | 81.67
10. Cerys Walsh (Edinburgh A) 735  | 81.67

ESL Top 10:
1. Tin Puljić (Zagreb A) – 756  | 84.00
2. Lovro Šprem (Zagreb A) – 751 | 83.44
3. Deepan Kumar (Taylor’s 1) 731 | 81.22
4. Har Naveenjeet Singh (Taylor’s 1) 729 | 81.00
4. Rumen Marinov (Sofia A) 729 | 81.00
6. Samuel Scheuer (Streitkultur A) 728 | 80.89
7. Tamar Ben Meir (HUJI B) 726 | 80.67
8. Hexuan Huang (Bates 1) 724 | 80.44
9. Tota Takahashi (Tokyo A) 723 | 80.33
10. Kanan Ishizaka (Tokyo A) 722 | 80.22
10. Petar Zec (Zagreb B)  722 | 80.22

EFL Top 10:
1.Rumen Marinov (Sofia A) 729 | 81.00
2.  Petar Zec (Zagreb B) 722 | 80.22
3. Olja Bošnjak (Zagreb B)  719 | 79.89
4. Nikolay Angelov (Sofia A) 717 | 79.67
5. Biser Angelov  (UNWE 1) 716 | 79.56
6. Kiki Liew Fook Khei (Macau 1) 707 | 78.56
6. Roman Matiushko (KNU 1) 707 | 78.56
8. Petar Žnidar (Zagreb C) 706 | 78.44
9. Karina Kusnietsova (KNU 1) 704 | 78.22
10. Artem Samarsky (St Petersburg 1) 702 | 78.00

Die Themen:

R1: TH, as South Korea, would aim to significantly increase its cross-border economic cooperation with North Korea

R2: THW ban social media companies from independently deplatforming politicians

R3: TH prefers environmental movements heavily prioritizing a local agenda over a global one (e.g., focusing on local pollution rather than climate change)

R4: TH opposes the glorification of professional e-sports players

R5: TH opposes the general approach of companies to grow by massively sacrificing short-term profitability with the hope of gaining a large portion of the market* *e.g. the original business model of companies such as Uber or Amazon

R6: Infoslide: Folk Saints are dead people recognized by the general population as saints who were not officially acknowledged as saints by the Catholic church. Unlike regular saints, they lived lives that the church considers sinful. They are popular in many regions, especially in Latin America. Examples include Sarita Colonia that answers the prayers of sex workers & LGBT people; and Juan Soldado that answers the prayers of people who commit low-level crimes out of financial desperation.

THBT it is in the interest of the Catholic church to officially recognize Folk Saints

R7: THBT pursuing strong expansionist policies* in the Arctic region is in the Russian interest

*Including but not limited to: building artificial islands in order to claim additional territory, trying to significantly limit foreign presence, stationing warships and troops

R8: TH opposes the academisation* of social justice movements

*The increasingly significant presence of academics and academic terminology, processes and structures in many parts of the world

R9: THBT states should classify organized crime syndicates as terrorist groups*

*classification as a terrorist group would legally allow law enforcement to pursue tactics such as targeted extra-judicial killings, reducing barriers to law enforcement gathering evidence, using military forces, criminalizing membership, etc


P-D-OF: TH supports developing states falsifying their history in order to create a unified national identity

OF: Infoslide: For the purpose of this debate, ‚language-generating AI‘ is AI that can generate fluent streams of text after processing billions of words from sources such as books, articles and websites.
Language-generating AI could conceivably have the potential to write press releases, stories, debate speeches, guitar tabs, scientific hypotheses, technical manuals, code, and more.
In limited contexts, the latest versions of the advanced language generating technology were found to be indistinguishable from human writing, however the technology as a whole is still error-prone.
Language-generating AI already has commercial & research applications by large organizations, and the technology is expected to rapidly develop in versatility & scale in the near future.

TH supports the rise of language-generating AI

QF: TH opposes the Biden Administration plan to finance large scale governmental projects through multi-trillion dollar fiscal stimulus

SF: TH prefers to live an average anonymous life in South Korea over being a K-Pop star

F: Infoslide: For the purposes of this debate ‚health crimes‘ are massive violations of the international health codes. For example, the unwillingness to comply with the WHO’s regulations on dealing with pandemics, a significant violation of norms on the prescription of antibiotics, breaching the experimentation codes of ethics.

TH supports the creation of an international court with a mandate to prosecute leaders for health crimes


ESL-QF: TH would teach children to have a logical approach to life, even at the expense of reducing their emotional bandwidth (e.g. trying to react in less emotional ways, prioritising logic over emotions when approaching problem-solving, etc.)

ESL-SF: THBT police commissioners should be directly elected by their local community

ESL-F: Infoslide: For the purposes of this debate, supporters of Longtermism believe that significantly more beings will be alive during the future, and that we should assign moral value to the unborn. Thus, they conclude that when evaluating our actions today, the largest consideration is how they affect the future.
Potential examples of Longtermist policies can include encouraging people to dedicate their lives to reducing long-run existential risks, allocating a substantial portion of the budget to try and improve the welfare of future generations, or trying to expand humanity to other planets.
Under a Longtermist view such policies are ethical even if they come at the very strong expense of more immediate and certain goals like poverty reduction, providing healthcare or increasing the happiness of the living.

THBT governments would be justified in heavily pursuing Longtermism


EFL-SF: Infoslide: Resident Evil is a VR machine. It leads its user through a set of scenarios aimed at testing whether the user would diverge from universal moral norms. These norms could include not killing, not stealing, not betraying others, or similar. While connected, the simulated scenarios feel completely real to the user. All adults are tested on Resident Evil and their results are publicly available.

TH prefers a world in which the Resident Evil machine exists

EFL-F: THBT international discussion forums should not self-censor* in an attempt to increase inclusivity to people from countries with stringent freedom-of-speech rules.

*Examples of self-cenorship are: AI conferences avoiding discussions on the implications of the use of a certain technology by oppressive regimes; competitions censoring topics; moderators removing politically sensitive content from discussion boards

Sven Bake/jm.

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