European Universities' Debating Championships

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Jan Rosing with the perpetual trophy for the EUDC which he won for Utrecht in 2004.

The European Universities Debating Championship (colloquially known as Euros or Europeans) is a regional equivalent to the World Universities' Debating Championships (Worlds) held in British Parliamentary style.

Origin of the championships[edit]

The championship's origins are murky, with an attempt to mirror Worlds for Europe in the hope of promoting debating in Central Europe in particular having had several false starts.

The championships as they are known today were first held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands at Erasmus University from the 8th to 11th of April 1999. Subsequent tournaments have been held in a similar time of year, although the competition is slightly longer to accommodate the growth of the tournament.

The competition started with 32 teams of two speakers entering but has now grown to over a hundred at subsequent championships, which entails about 250-300 speakers, judges and organisers. Institutions can enter more than one team based on the ability of the organisers to accommodate. Some institutions also enter separate societies which has proved controversial at times.

While the tournament's smaller size has attracted bids to host from institutions which would ordinarily be too small to attempt hosting Worlds, the 2005 host University College Cork has hosted Worlds in 1996 and 2009.

The competition's supporters description of the tournament as "Europe's equivalent to Worlds" has proved controversial among those who consider the John Smith Memorial International Mace to be the gold standard, despite that only teams from the British Isles may enter the latter.


Participating teams are drawn principally from European tertiary education institutions, although teams from the Middle East and central Asian institutions are eligible pending the formation of similar competitions in their regions. Students at the Inns of Court are also eligible subject to some conditions.

The competition[edit]

The competition has a main section of several rounds of debating after which the top 16 teams in cumulative score proceed to the elimination rounds. (The break.) The top 16 ESL teams also proceed in the ESL category. Unlike Worlds, at Euros an ESL team can compete in both the Open and the ESL break at the same time. This is because at Euros ESL knock-out rounds take place at different times to those in the Open competition. In fact, there have been regular instances of ESL teams progressing further in the Open competition than in the ESL rounds.

The Council and the Committee[edit]

The Europeans tournament of 1999 formed a Council from the countries represented at the tournament and drafted a Constitution to govern the tournament. Unlike Worlds' tiered voting structures, Europeans Council opted for a one member one vote system of governance, electing to choose equality of representation despite the limited exposure of some countries to British Parliamentary debating at that time for the purpose of encouraging their participation. The Council governs the Constitution and Rules of the tournament, as well as deciding on bids to host subsequent tournaments. At least two bids have been contested - in 2001, Haifa University defeated the University of Limerick and in 2005 Berlin University defeated Koç University.

The Committee is formed of a President (who also chairs Council), a Registrar and regional representation from Central & Eastern Europe, Northern & Western Europe, South-Eastern Europe and the Middle East, the Islands of the North Atlantic and the convener of the current championship and that for the following year. This committee discusses issues which arise during the time between annual Councils, although the distances involved mandate e-mail rather than in person discussions.

List of Championships[edit]

Future championships[edit]

  • 2012 -University of Belgrade, Serbia

Past championships[edit]

Year Host Main competition winner ESL competition winner Tab
1987 No information Strathclyde University, Scotland No information
1988 No information No information No information
1991 Copenhagen, Denmark Oxford Union Society (Shirr & Arian) No ESL
1992 Leiden University, The Netherlands Oxford Union Society No ESL
1993 Deree College, Greece Bristol A No ESL
1999 Erasmus University, The Netherlands Oxford Union Society, England
Muireann Ní Chinnéide & Michael Birshan
Deree College, Greece
Manolis Polychronides & Irina Kamba
2000 Aberdeen University, Scotland Oxford Union Society, England
Manimam & Marshall
Tartu University, Estonia
Enn Metsar & Kristi Hakkaja
2001 University of Ljubljana*, Slovenia Inner Temple, England
Elliott Gold & Matthew Snarr
Erasmus University, The Netherlands
Alexander Erdmans & Eduard van Geuns
2002 Haifa University, Israel Oxford Union Society, England
Tara Mounce & Fraser Campbell
Hebrew University, Israel
Eli Noverstern & Naomi Kreiger
2003 Zagreb University, Croatia Bristol University, England
Can Okar & Aneurin Brewer
Erasmus University, The Netherlands
Marc Roels & Lars Duursma
2004 Durham University, England Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Jan Rosing & Klaas van Schelven
Interdisciplinary Center (Herzliya), Israel
Jacob Shwergold & Yaron Chayat
2005 University College Cork, Ireland Durham University, England
Erin O' Brien & Bob Nimmo
Erasmus University, The Netherlands
Lars Duursma & Sharon Kroes
2006 Berlin Debating Union Oxford Union Society, England
Alex Betts & Gavin Illsey
University of Bonn, Germany
Isabelle Loewe and Matthias Lux
2007 Koc University Debate Club Cambridge Union Society, England
Sam Block & Giles Robertson
Talinn University, Estonia
Uwe Poom & ?
2008 Talinn University, Estonia Oxford Union Society, England
Will Jones & James Dray
Babes-Bolyai University
Dan Cristea & Nico Lupea
2009 University of Newcastle, England Oxford Union Society , England
Jonathan Leader Maynard & Shengwu Li
Leiden University
Rob Honig & Ali Al Khatib
2010 University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands Honorable Society of King's Inns , Ireland
Paddy Rooney & Eoghan Casey
University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Maja Cimerman & Filip Muki Dobranic
2011 National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland Oxford Union Society , England
Ben Woolgar & Hugh Burns
University of Tel Aviv, Israel
Sella Nevo & Omer Nevo
  • The tournament was actually held in Portorož, on the Adriatic coast of Slovenia.

See Also[edit]

Euros Motions

External links[edit]