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November 2019

The Donald Dewar Memorial Debate Tournament 2019-2020

21 Nov 2019 - 19 Mar 2020
Edinburgh, Scotland Edinburgh, United Kingdom
The Donald Dewar Memorial Debate Tournament 2019-2020

This year, our annual schools debating tournament will see 64 teams from across Scotland enter the first round, with just one team crowned the winner at the grand final. Established in 1999, it runs in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the Society and dedicated to the memory of the former First Minister Donald Dewar MSP, is Scotland’s largest annual schools debating tournament.

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December 2019

Winter Holidays Open 2019

10 December - 12 December
Zagreb, Croatia Zagreb, Croatia (Local Name: Hrvatska) + Google Map
Winter Holidays Open, Zagreb, Croatia

Winter Holidays Open started out as a small tournament organized by Croatian Debate Society with a goal of providing an international debate experience for debaters from the region. With 32 teams from Slovenia, Romania, Germany, Bosnia, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Croatia, the first WHO took place in 2013. After several years of hard work, participant feedback and help from our Chief Adjudicators Geetha Creffield, Bojana Skrt, Alfred Snider, Aisha Ahmad, Anna England Kerr and Marija Jarnjak, the tournament grew to…

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January 2020

Eurasian Schools Debating Championship 2020

20 Jan 2020 - 25 Jan 2020
Robert College, Istanbul, Özel Amerikan Robert Lisesi Kuruçesme Cad. No.87 Arnavutköy - Beşiktaş 34345
Istanbul, Turkey

The Eurasian Schools Debating Championships (ESDC) is an annual open English-language debating tournament for high school-level teams representing different countries. ESDC is open to national and school teams alike, depending on team cap. The first edition was hosted by the Robert College Debate Society in Istanbul with 50 teams from 20 different countries.

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February 2020

COBIS Student World Debate Competition 2020

05 Feb 2020 - 08 Feb 2020
Marbella, Spain Marbella, Málaga Spain

The COBIS Student World Debate Competition brings students from COBIS Schools across the globe together for an exciting three day event. The programme includes two days of debate competitions, a fun cultural tour of Malaga, plus plenty of opportunities for COBIS student networking.  Schools can bring teams of 4-6 students. This competition is recommended for students in Years 11-13, aged 16 and over.

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PDWC 2020 High School Parliamentary Debate World Conference and Competition

13 Feb 2020 - 20 Feb 2020
Hotel Heritage, Kumagaya, 228 Oegawa Kumagaya-shi Saitama-ken 360-0103
Kumagaya, Saitama Japan

The Parliamentary Debate World Conference & Competition assembles young leaders from Japan and across the globe to discuss the most relevant social, political, ethical, and environmental issues of our era through the medium of parliamentary debate. Thoroughly selected based on their applications, the 24 English proficient high school teams (composed by 3 students and 1 accompanying teacher) compete, enjoy cultural exchange, and venture together into Japan, forming lifelong friendships that will strengthen the ties among our nations. KumagayaKumagaya

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Beijing Debate Challenge 2020

23 Feb 2020 - 24 Feb 2020
Beijing, China Beijing, China + Google Map
Beijing Debate Challenge 2020
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April 2020

World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships 2020

08 Apr 2020 - 15 Apr 2020
LearningLeaders, China Shanghai, China
World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships 2020 - Shanghai

The WIDPSC is an annual international English language debating and public speaking tournament for individual high school-level students representing different countries. The Championship is represented by a diverse mix of high schools from countries as far reaching as the Australia, Hong Kong, Canada, the United States, England, South Africa, Lithuania, Pakistan, Cyprus, Argentina, Botswana, Israel, India, South Korea, Zimbabwe and Germany.

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June 2020

2020 National Speech and Debate Tournament

14 Jun 2020
Albuquerque, USA Albuquerque, NM United States
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July 2020

Heart of Europe 2020 International Debating Tournament

02 Jul 2020 - 07 Jul 2020

This is the 17th edition of the Heart of Europe International Debating Tournament, taking place in Olomouc, Czech Republic. Olomouc is a town on UNESCO's World Heritage List, which has been named, by the world’s prestigious guidebook Lonely Planet, as the most beautiful, yet lesser known tourist destination. #HOEDT20  

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China World Schools 2020

05 Jul 2020 - 07 Jul 2020
Nanjing, China Nanjing, China + Google Map
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