The Karl Popper Debating Championship is one of the largest high school tournaments in the world, bringing together teams from all five continents to debate on a mix of prepared and impromptu motions connected to the topic of the Youth Forum. The tournament features six preliminary rounds and a break to octo-finals.
The format of the competition is the Karl Popper format, which involves two teams of three speakers. Direct clash between the speakers is provided through a total of four cross-examination periods that take place after the first two speeches for each side. For more information related to the format, click here.
If you cannot find a complete 3-member team, but you would still like to participate, please contact the Forum Coordinator as soon as possible. It is possible to pair incomplete teams together to form an international team competing in the KPDC.
There are two prepared motions (topics) for the competition. These are:
“State-sanctioned torture is justifiable in exceptional circumstances."
"Guantanamo Bay prison should be closed down immediately."
This is the structure of the competition:
The second topic will be announced by mid December.
The schedule for competition will be like this:
Round I – prepared topic I
Round II – prepared topic I
Round III – limited-time prep
Round IV– limited-time prep
Round V – prepared topic II
Round VI – prepared topic II
Octofinals – limited time prep
Quarterfinals – prepared topic I
Semifinals – limited time prep
Finals – prepared topic II
Round I is randomly drawn. Rounds II-VI are power-paired – i.e., teams face opponents that are as competitively successful in the competition as they are at that point.