Debate Format: WSDC

Winter Holidays Open 2020 Online

We’re happy to announce that the dates for Winter Holidays Open 2020 Online are December 12th to 17th 2020.

Winter Holidays Open is the biggest high school debate tournament in Europe and has so far welcomed participants from 29 nations –  Australia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, India, Jordan, Lebanon, Moldova, Mongolia, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE and USA. We hope you’ll join us this year as well.

All relevant information can be found in our 2020 invitation letter and this website. Of course, if you have any questions we didn’t cover, please feel free to reach out to us through email ([email protected]) or through our Facebook or Instagram pages.

Debate It Europe Online Tournament 2020

Join “DEBATE IT EUROPE”, an international online debate tournament about the future of Europe and EU national regions.
REGISTRATION for teams of 3 is now open at this link: The registration deadline is Sunday, October 4, at 23:59 CET (UTC+1).
WHO? | “DEBATE IT EUROPE” is for young people between 16–24 years who are interested in public affairs, passionate about Europe’s futures, and up for the challenge of debating peers from around the continent.
HOW? | The event will feature 2 rounds of preliminary debate, randomly seeded, with the best two teams advancing to the grand final. The debates will be in the World Schools Format (…/role-of-speakers)
WHEN? | The tournament takes place on Saturday, 10 October 2020. (Detailed schedule to follow.)
WHERE? | Debates will happen online, on Zoom. We will require every participant to have Zoom pre-installed and encourage everyone to have it on their phone as a backup. A full guide about technical details and troubleshooting will be on the week before the tournament. (Guide to Zoom system requirements:
WHY JOIN? | The winning team of the tournament will receive an Eurail pass for each member for summer 2021. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to travel around and discover Europe!
Questions? Email us at: [email protected]
Results for the Grand Final
Prop: Hungary vs Opp: Canada

EurOpen Online 2020

Dear global schools debating community!

Greetings from Germany! We are happy to invite you to this year’s EurOpen 2020 – not in Stuttgart, not in Hamburg, but online!

The dates are: FRI 13th NOV – WED, 18th NOV 2020

We are still in the process of planning all the details but hope we can provide enough information for you to decide on participation. Some decisions, however, depend on number and areas of teams signing up (e.g. PDOs Y/N)?

Timezones: We have used the Wikipedia time zone map as a basis for scheduling. On 25th OCT, Germany will move its clocks *back* one hour (from 3 am to 2 am). We are currently +2 hours away from UTC/GMT, so the map data should be correct for NOVEMBER. Please consider daylight savings time movements for your region before registration.

Registration is from 19th SEP – 3rd OCT 2020 (CET).

All other information can be found in the attached files, as well as on our website, through which you will also register.

Please also follow us on Facebook (EurOpen 2020 Online) for the latest announcements.

Please write to us at [email protected] if you have any further questions and/or suggestions.

Kindest regards from Stuttgart!
Christopher Sanchez and Vivian Schreier (Conveners)
Miha Andric (CA)

EurOpen 2020 Invitation document


Here you have the results for all the rounds!


Hong Kong Online WSDC 2020

HK Online WSDC International is an online debating competition that strives to offer an opportunity for everyone to debate. Debaters from all over the world are welcome to join this tournament for FREE.

Debate Academy 2020

Debate Academy is a friendly, immersive summer school for 14 to 18-year-olds. It offers top-quality coaching in debate to all ability levels, delivered by some of the best coaches and debaters in the world. Whether students have little or no experience or are getting ready for trials for their national debating team, Debate Academy has something to offer.

We offer two tracks as part of the Debate Academy programme: ‘Mixed Formats’, which offers practice in the British Parliamentary, ESU Schools’ Mace and the World Schools Debating Championships formats, and ‘World Schools Format’ which focuses solely on this approach.

Online WSDC 2020

The first Online WSDC, organised to fill the gap created by the postponement of WSDC 2020 in Mexico, was won by Canada who defeated Sri Lanka 8-1 in the Grand Final.

Grand Final

Semi-final: Canada v Singapore

Closing Ceremony


Prepared motions for both divisions (prelims):

  • Round 1: This House would designate specific non-residential areas in which drug users and dealers are legally allowed to buy, use, and sell drugs
  • Round 3: This House would replace human judgment with computer algorithms in criminal sentencing decisions
  • Round 5: This House prefers a world where all land was held in government trust and leased out on limited-term contracts

Impromptu motions (prelims):

  • Round 2 (Maya): THW pay additional benefits to families on welfare according to their child’s performance in school
  • Round 2 (Aztec): THBT opposition political parties should boycott elections, rather than contest them, when the electoral process is believed not to be free and fair
  • Round 4 (Maya): THW ban political parties and require all candidates for national public office to seek election as independents
  • Round 4 (Aztec): THBT multinational companies should be liable for human rights abuses that occur anywhere in their supply chains
    Definition: A supply chain is a system of organizations, people, activities, information, and resources involved in supplying a product or service to a consumer. Supply chain activities involve the transformation of natural resources, raw materials, and components into a finished product that is delivered to the end customer.
  • Round 6 (Maya): THBT mainstream search engines should refuse to list results with sexist, racist or otherwise offensive content
  • Round 6 (one rescheduled match in Maya): THW ban job applicants from disclosing the name of the university that issued any degrees they may hold
  • Round 6 (Aztec): THW ban corporate* sponsorship of research within academic or educational institutions
    *for this debate, “corporate” means for-profit companies

Elimination rounds (all impromptu):

Partial double-octofinals

  • Motion 1: TH opposes the narrative of sacrifice as a description of the work performed by essential workers during a pandemic
  • Motion 2: THBT large international institutions (e.g. UN & World Bank) should only accept female country delegates
  • Motion 3: THW allocate the majority of government sports funding to encourage grassroots participation (e.g.: amateur community clubs, after school sports clubs, etc.) rather than invest in achieving success in prestigious competitions (e.g.: intensive coaching academies, player and personnel salaries, etc.)


  • Motion 1: This House prefers a world where each believer established their own connection to God, rather than establishing one through organised religion
  • Motion 2: THBT social movements should actively use anger to mobalise support for their cause
  • Motion 3: THW impose criminal liability on individuals who fail to assist a person in danger, when doing so would not place them at serious risk.


  • Motion 1: THW not distributed emergency and humanitarian aid through non-state groups linked to terrorism
  • Motion 2: THBT the West should withdraw their military cooperation from India until they restore special privileges to Kashmiris in the J&K region

Info-slide: There is an ongoing dispute between India, Pakistan, and China over territory in the former federal unit of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).

J&K was the only state in India to have a majority Muslim population, and there has been a longstanding secessionist movement in this state. The Government of India has consistently responded to this with brutal military repression.

Formerly, J&K also enjoyed ‘special status’. They had a separate constitution, flag, and autonomy over internal administration of the state. Only designated permanent residents of J&K could own property, obtain government jobs in the state, receive govt. scholarships, etc.

In late 2019, the Government of India placed major political leaders under house arrest, revoked its special status, and partitioned the state into two territories that the Government of India has direct and complete control over. Non Kashmiris now can buy land and own property, access government positions, etc, effectively ending any special protections for Kashmiris.


  • THBT states should reclaim a large proportion of all donations to charities and redistribute it across charities on the basis of their effectiveness

Grand final:

Context: You are a talented, middle-class person in your early twenties about to start your career. You have the choice between a job in which you will make a lot of money and work long hours (e.g., investment banker, corporate lawyer, etc.) and a job which pays less but that you are more passionate about (e.g.: social worker, chef, teacher, small business owner, etc).

  • Motion: THW choose the job they are passionate about



Dutch Schools Debate College

The DSDC Foundation selects and prepares the National Selection of high school debaters. We offer debate education year-round to approximately 35 gifted high school students. Twice a year we hold selection events for new students who want to join DSDC. Our speakers represent The Netherlands at the World Schools Debating Championships and other international debate tournaments.

New Zealand Schools’ Debating

Since its establishment in 1988, the New Zealand Schools’ Debating Council has worked to promote debating in secondary schools around the country. The Council is responsible for the organisation of Regional Championships that are held throughout New Zealand each year. Teams are selected at each tournament to represent each region at the National Finals of the New Zealand Schools’ Debating Championships held annually in Wellington.

The South African Schools Debating Board

The South African Schools Debating Board (SASDB) is the official governing body of high school debating in South Africa. It is a registered non-profit organisation (registration: 026-935-NPO) which oversees debating in the provinces and sets policy at a national level.