Monash win 2013 World Debating Championships

Monash B win 2013 WUDC

Monash B (Nita Rao & James Beavis) are the 2013 World Universities Debating Champions on a 6-3 Split. That's the third win in a row for Monash.  In the final they defeated Otago A (Alec Dawson & Kieran Bunn), Sydney B (Paul Karp & Dominic Bowes) and Auckland A (Ben Milsom & Stephanie Thompson)

The Team and Speaker Tabs are now available at

The semi finalists were St Andrews A (Ben Adams & Alex Don), Sydney A (Daniel Swain & Elle Jones), Oxford B (Matthew Handley & Natasha Rachman) and Melbourne A (Daniel Golder & Tim Blair)


Winners of the ESL competition are BRAC Bangladesh A (Ratib Mortuza Ali & Aaqib Farhan Hossain). In the final they beat Leiden A, Leiden C, RRIS.


Winners of the EFL competition are Porto A Tiago Vieira Laranjeiro & Ary Ferreira da Cunha. First Win by a Portuguese Team!. In the final they defeated Tokyo A, ALU Freiburg A and  Bucharest A


Pam Cohn (ULU A) and Chris Bisset (Monash) are joint Best Speakers at WUDC 2013


Ary Ferreira da Cunha (Porto A) was the best EFL Speaker


Martin Kiik (Harvard C) was the best ESL speaker.

Masters Winners: United Kingdom (Jack Watson, Sam Block and James Hardy)



  • Grand Final THW not allow religious communities to expel members on the basis of views or actions that contradict doctrinal teachings
  • Semi Finals TBHT the WTO should never allow nations to place export restrictions on food, rare-earth metals, and other non-oil commodities
  • Quarter Finals THW ban all advertising of consumer goods and services
  • Octo Finals THBT the US should cut off military aid to Egypt
  • Partial Double Octo Finals THBT universities should never prohibit research or teaching on the grounds of sexist, racist or otherwise discriminatory implications
  • Round 1 THW create public housing for the poor in wealthy areas
  • Round 2 THBT Japan should acquire nuclear weapons
  • Round 3 THW only imprison individuals who pose a direct and continuing threat to society
  • Round 4 THBT International development institutions (such as the World Bank) should not finance natural resource extraction projects in corrupt states
  • Round 5 THBT self described progressive males of dominant ethnicities are morally obliged to refrain from taking positions of responsibility where there is a qualified alternative candidate from a historically disadvantaged group who would otherwise receive the post
  • Round 6 THW legally permit soldiers to refuse to participate in military actions or missions on the basis of conscience
  • Round 7 THBT European Union nations should forgive Greece’s sovereign debt
  • Round 8 THBT countries with booming populations should allocate every adult a single tradable permit to have a child
  • Round 9 THW ban political parties and require all candidates for national public office to seek election as independents
  • EFL Quarter Finals THBT publicly funded universities should be required to reduce enrolment in degree programs within their university that have statistically poor employment outcomes
  • EFL Semi Finals THBT policies that may have significant environmental consequences should be subject to a veto by a 'supreme court' of scientific experts
  • EFL Final: This House welcomes the decline of the United States of America as the sole global super power
  • ESL Quarter Finals THBT publicly funded universities should be required to reduce enrolment in degree programs within their university that have statistically poor employment outcomes
  • ESL Semi Finals THBT the feminist movement should actively promote norms of stable monogamous relationships
  • ESL Final: THBT representative democracies with large numbers of foreigners living in their territory (on temporary or permanent basis) should create specific seats to represent them in parliament.

There are more results and tabs to come. They will be published overnight.

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