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Tilburg University students in 1/2 final debate championship

24 January 2007, 16:38

Roel Mehlkopf (24, research master's, finance) and Victor Vlam (22, law) reached the semi-finals of the world debating championships for universities last week, in the category English as a second language.

Roel Mehlkopf (24, research master's, finance) and Victor Vlam (22, law) reached the semi-finals of the world debating championships for universities last week, in the category English as a second language. They represented Tilburg University and debating club Cicero at the debating championship, which was held in Vancouver, Canada.

In the semi-finals the Tilburg duo had to defend the position that 'jury law is better'. "We were unable, unfortunately, to convince the jury that ten random people off the street are better at reaching a judgment than a number of experts."

At the tournament the participants did not receive a statement and their position (for or against) until fifteen minutes before the start of the debate. Subsequently, they spoke for seven minutes. A jury determined the winner of the debate.

The world debating championships is the biggest debating competition in the world. A total of 152 universities participated, sending in 336 two-person teams. The International Islamic University of Malaysia won the tournament in the category English as a second language, while the University of Sydney (Australia) won in the category for students with English as a first language.

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