Updates from rounds four to six of Worlds

Twitter is the main tool for updates from Berlin Worlds during the day. Accordingly I will retweet the various updates from the tournament. If you want to see them follow me at The hashtag to follow is #WUDC


Motions on Day 2:

  • R4: THBT international development institutions (such as the World Bank) should not finance natural resource extraction projects in corrupt states.
  • R5: 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.
  • R6: THW legally permit soldiers to refuse to participate in military actions or missions on the basis of conscience.


(Yes round 5 was that long).


The FULL list of teams and their round 3 points can be found at


UPDATE: The tab from Round 6 is now available at


They have also published a full list of teams, speaker names and judges.


The pairings for each round were:


Previous rounds and events are available on the WUDC Berlin 2013 YouTube Channels:


There were some complaints yesterday about time keeping, food (some issue with Gluten Free and no fruit), lack of bottled water. Well today seems to be much much better and twitter is largely lacking complaints which is a great sign that the hard work being put in by the Org Comm is paying off.  But having been involved in running Worlds in the past I thought I would add my unofficial perspective on the few issues that have arisen.

  • Apparently the big issue with running late yesterday was teams not turning up on time. Some people said they should be cut from the tab quickly. Well it is often not that simple. There may be a good reason why a team is late and there may be a good reason why that is not publically announced in the briefing hall. And if there is not it is still a hard decision to cut a paid up team from the tab without giving them a chance. If 15 teams had been rapidly cut from the tab I can tell you the org comm would have been crucified in front of Worlds Council.  One thing to note for future Worlds is now that we have a couple of tab systems that seem to be proven to work adding a barcode scan facility to them for roll call before each round might help speed things along and help identify missing teams quickly. Then all the organisers have to do is buy a few barcode readers. I'll throw out that suggestion and maybe the tech guys can come up with a better solution.
  • After the tab system failing (which thankfully doesn't really happen any more, says he tempting fate) food is probably the most common reason for landing an org comm in front of a hostile council.  Food issues are more often than not a case of being left down by the supplier. It is their holiday time. They want the money so agree to the contract but often their staff and their suppliers are not in place to meet such a big event immediately after Christmas.  The org comm may have ordered a range of gluten free, vegan, halal, kosher etc and accepted the supplier's promises at face value but if they aren't on the truck when it arrives there is hell to pay.  Unfortunately this is an issue that seems to repeat at Worlds.
  • Lack of bottled water. Well in some countries bottled water is critical. But in Germany the mains water is perfectly drinkable. Sure they could have charged everyone 20 or 30 euro more for bottled water but why would they when you would probably just be drinking the same water from the taps anyway.

Some problems do repeat at Worlds. You have to remember the org comm who are running this are students just like the participants and probably have no experience running an event of this size.  That they do it so well org comm after org comm (ant this year is no exception) is outstanding.  We really should cut them a little slack.  Unfortunately we don't have any real institutional memory from one tournament to the next and not much from one council to the next. The Emeritus members of council were put in place to help this but we don't really get asked for our advice very often.  I'm sure we (Myself, Ian, Omar and Ray) would be happy to advise but we don't want to interfere unless asked.

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