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[Astana EUDC 2020] The European Debating Championships

By: Harmen de Jong (Utrecht Debating Society)

Day 1

Today (August 2, 2020) was the first day of the Astana EUDC, the European Championships in debating. Because of the coronavirus, the tournament takes place on Discord and Zoom, so a trip to Kazakhstan is unfortunately not possible. Partially because everyone can join from their living room, the judge panels are very strong this year; every room has 3 to 5 judges and many rooms even have two judges that I would put in the chair, without a doubt. Do expect a competitive judge break and strong calls, even though Leiden A did actually earn the first place in round 3.

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ByHoofdredacteur Seventwenty

Arguments: Should all criminal defendants use a public defender?

By: Pjotr Koster (NSDV Trivium)

In this article, I discuss whether all criminal defendants should use a public defender. This was the topic of debate during round 1 of the Leiden Open 2020.

Infoslide: A public defender is a lawyer employed by the state in a criminal trial to represent the defendant.

Motion: THW require all criminal defendants to use a public defender.

Round 1 – Leiden Open 2020
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ByHoofdredacteur Seventwenty

Arguments: Common law versus civil law

By: Thomas Nighswonger (Tilburg Debating Society Cicero)

In this article, I discuss the trade-off between common law and civil law. This was the topic of debate during round 5 of the Eindhoven Open 2020.

Infoslide: In a civil law system (like in the Netherlands, Germany and France), the law is primarily made by parliament. Judges apply and interpret it but generally try to keep as close to it as possible. In a common law system (like the UK and US), the law is primarily made by judges. They formulate generally applicable rules based on individual cases, which they base on what is common and what is perceived as just.

Motion: This House prefers a common law system over a civil law system.

Round 5 – Eindhoven Open 2020
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ByNederlandse Debatbond

Breaking judges fairly – the case for using judge tests as a metric

By Victor Domen

Tabbing is easier than ever. Tabbycat has all sorts of build-in features that allow for efficient and fair judge allocations and breaks based on the imported data. Nevertheless, I am of the opinion we currently do not use Tabbycat to its full potential. In this short article I will make the case we should use standardised tests to assess judges and create a more fair and equal judge break.

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ByHoofdredacteur Seventwenty

Arguments: Brains versus beauty

By: Mike Weltevrede (Nederlandse Debatbond)

In my opinion, the motion of the novice final of the Delft Open 2020 is one of the most interesting of the tournament. In this article, I will briefly outline an important characterization, after which I will present an argument for both sides of the debate. Have you come up with other arguments? Then leave them in the comments!

THW rather be an individual of average appearance and extreme intelligence, than of extreme beauty and average intelligence.

Novice final – Delft Open 2020
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ByHoofdredacteur Seventwenty

[Delft Open 2020] The first online tournament in the Netherlands!

By: Mike Weltevrede (Nederlandse Debatbond)

The corona crisis hit everything, including the debate sport. Earlier this year, the Erasmus Rotterdam Open, the Kalliope Groningen Open, and the Benelux Debate Competition, among others, already fell at the virus’ hand. Where several (student) debating tournaments were held online internationally, this was not the case in the Netherlands. However, the TU Delft Debating Club did not give up: they simply held their debating tournament online!

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ByHoofdredacteur Seventwenty

[Online Schools Debate Tournament 2020] High school students cross the verbal swords online

In these times of corona it is difficult to practice our hobby: debating0. Student societies and the Dutch Schools Debating College sometimes hold online evenings and training sessions, but almost all tournaments have been cancelled. That is why the Nederlandse Debatbond organized an online debate tournament on May 10, especially for high school students.

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ByNederlandse Debatbond

The Debatbond presents: an online pubquiz!

De Nederlandse Debatbond hosts quarterly ‘social events’. The social events are open to all members of the Dutch debating community. During these events you get to know members from other debating societies on an occasion other than a debating tournament. And of course we will have loads of fun!

On May 29, at 20:00, the Nederlandse Debatbond will organise an online pubquiz for everyone who loves to rack their brains while enjoying a drink and intriguing conversations with fellow debaters or those interested in debating. You can participate on an individual basis. Are you ready to show that you are the smartest of your debating society or even the Dutch debating community?

Further instructions as to how the event will take place and how you can participate will follow. It will likely be a combination of Kahoot and Zoom.

See you there!

ByHoofdredacteur Seventwenty

[Leiden Open 2020] Social interactions through slightly too small pub rooms

By: Pjotr Koster (NSDV Trivium)

During the weekend of 29th of February and 1st of March, there was a little tournament called Leiden Open 2020. This debating tournament did not only have a strong CA team but also had a crazy good judge pool, which meant that the feedback was excellent. This was of course complemented by great (international) teams ranging from Leiden to the London School of Economics. Trivium was sadly only represented by myself and the powerhouse that is Mara Burgstede.

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ByHoofdredacteur Seventwenty

[Eindhoven Open 2020] The first-ever Eindhoven Open!

Written by: Thomas Nighswonger (T.D.V. Cicero)

Editor’s note: From this tournament report on, we will use a new style where we give a shorter summary of the tournament and then dive deeper into one of the motions at the tournament so that this may be used for training purposes, for example. The writer will propose one argument in favour and one against. We welcome everyone to leave their thoughts on the motion in the comments at the bottom of the page!

On the first weekend of February, the days were finally here: the first-ever Eindhoven Open. We knew the CA team was excellent, we knew the Eindhoven debating society, so we were all really excited for the tournament. And looking back at the tournament now, I think we can all agree that it was a big success and definitely deserves another edition next year.

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