The Dutch Debating Championships (referred to colloquially as the NK, from the Dutch Nederlands Kampioenschap) is the most important debating tournament in the Netherlands. It is organised yearly in the spring semester and is open to all teams from the Netherlands. The organisation circulates among the debating societies that are affiliated with the Debatbond. This is the only NK recognised by the Nederlandse Debatbond. The Dutch Debating Championships is the only tournament that upholds an individual judging responsibility, called the Grandpa Clause.
The next edition of the Dutch Debating Championships will take place on April 24 and 25 2020 and is organised by the Utrecht Debating Society.
The Dutch Debating Championships in its current form, where the organisation is done by the larger Dutch debating societies, was founded in 1997 when the Erasmus Debating Society in Rotterdam organised the tournament. From 2000 onward, the organisation is circulated among the larger Dutch debating societies, meaning that also societies like the Utrecht Debating Society (from 2001 onward) and ASDV Bonaparte (from 2003 onward) organised the NK. The national meeting of debating societies decided each year which society could organise the tournament.
Even though the tournament carried more prestige on paper than other national tournaments and that it usually attracted a few more participants, the NK was mostly a label that rotated over the large Dutch debating tournaments. Because it was common for members of organising societies to not participate in the tournament (but rather judging), this had the disadvantage that at each edition, members of a large Dutch debating society were excluded from participating in the NK. To solve this problem, it was decided in 2005 to change the design of the NK, where judging became a shared responsibility of all debating societies: every society sends a substantial amount of (good) adjudicators to the tournament and therefore allowing for teams from the organising society to participate. In 2007, the Tilburg Debating Society Cicero organised the first NK in this new design.
In 2010, the NK was won by non-university students for the first time. Thom Wetzer and Elisabeth van Lieshout were at the time of the tournament both sixth-year VWO high school students.
|Year||Location||Number of teams||Champions||Best speaker||Tab|
|2019||Amsterdam||36||Emma Lucas & Adrienne Huisman||Devin van den Berg||Tab|
|2018||Tilburg||36||Devin van den Berg & Mare van den Putte||Devin van den Berg||Tab|
|2017||Rotterdam||40||Devin van den Berg & Gigi Gil||Daan Welling||Tab|
|2016||Leiden||48||Tomas Beerthuis & Danique van Koppenhagen||Danique van Koppenhagen, Tomas Beerthuis, Daan Welling & Roel Becker||Tab|
|2015||Nijmegen||56||Menno Schellekens & Devin van den Berg||Lucïen de Bruin||Tab|
|2014||Utrecht||46||Andrea Bos & Alex Klein||Karin Merckens||Tab|
|2013||Amsterdam||50||Lucïen de Bruin & Daniel Schut||Lucïen de Bruin||Tab|
|2012||Groningen||68||Danique van Koppenhagen & Tomas Beerthuis||Tomas Beerthuis||Tab|
|2011||Rotterdam||56||Lars Duursma & Daniël Springer||Reinier de Adelhart Toorop||Tab|
|2010||Leiden||60||Thom Wetzer & Elisabeth van Lieshout||Julien Spliet||Tab|
|2009||Nijmegen||38||Rutger Vos & Salar al-Khafaji||Julius Lindenbergh||Tab|
|2008||Utrecht||56||Ali Al-Jaberi & Julien Spliet||Daniël Schut|
|2007||Tilburg||56||Marc Roels & Eric Stam||Sharon Kroes||Tab|
|2006||Amsterdam||46||Lars Duursma & Sharon Kroes||Lars Duursma||Tab|
|2005||Rotterdam||38||Klaas van Schelven & Jan Hartman||Marc Roels||Tab|
|2004||Utrecht||42||Marc Roels & Lars Duursma||Guido Camps|
|2003||Amsterdam||42||Marc Roels & Lars Duursma||Marc Roels & Lars Duursma||Tab|
|2002||Rotterdam||16||Jan Rosing & Klaas van Schelven||Edward van Geuns|
|2001||Utrecht||30||Alexander Eerdmans & Edward van Geuns||Marc Roels|
|2000||Breukelen||?||Alexander Eerdmans & Jeannette Baljeu||(niet uitgereikt)|
|1999||Rotterdam||20||Alexander Eerdmans & Jeannette Baljeu||Alexander Eerdmans|
|1997||Rotterdam||32||Antoinette Laan & Jock Geselschap||Antoinette Laan|