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The European Universities Debating Championship (EUDC) is an annual debating tournament for teams from universities in Europe. The competition uses the British Parliamentary Debate format (the same debate format used at the World Universities Debating Championship).


Origins of the championships

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 8-11 April 1999.[citation needed] Subsequent tournaments have been held at a similar time of year, although the competition has become slightly longer to accommodate the growth of the event.

The competition in 1999 involved 32 teams of two speakers, but has now grown to involve over 100 teams each year. Institutions can enter more than one team based on the ability of the organisers to accommodate them. Some institutions also enter teams from more than one separate debating societies within their institution.


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

The competition has a main section of several rounds of debating, after which the top 16 teams proceed to the elimination rounds (the "break"). There is also a separate break of 16 teams for English-as-Second-Language (ESL) teams. ESL teams may also simultaneously break into the main tournament knock-out rounds.

The Council and the Committee

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.

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.

The current president is Jens Fischer from the Berlin Debating Union.

Past championships

Teams letters are indicated, in brackets, where an institution had multiple teams in the final

Year Champions Other Finalists ESL Champions Best Speaker Host
2009 England University of Oxford (A)
(Jonathan Maynard & Shengwu Li)[citation needed]
England University of Oxford (C)
England University of Oxford (E)[citation needed]
Israel Tel Aviv University [1]
Netherlands Leiden University
(Ali al Khatib & Rob Honig)[citation needed]
Jonathan Maynard
England University of Oxford[citation needed]
England Newcastle University[citation needed]
2008 England University of Oxford (A)
(James Dray & Will Jones)[2]
England King's College London
England University of Oxford (B)
England University of Oxford (D)[2]
Romania Babeş-Bolyai University
(Dan Cristea & Nico Lupea)[2]
James Dray & Simon Quinn
England University of Oxford[citation needed]
Estonia Tallinn University[citation needed]
2007 England University of Cambridge (B)
(Sam Block & Giles Robertson)[3]
England University of Cambridge (A)
Republic of Ireland University College Cork[4]
Scotland University of St Andrews [5]
Estonia Tallinn University
(Allan-Hermann Pool & Uve Poom)[3]
Sam Block
England University of Cambridge[3]
Turkey Koç University[3]
2006 England University of Oxford
(Alexander Betts & Gavin Illsley)[6]
Republic of Ireland University College Cork
England Durham University
Scotland University of Glasgow[6]
Germany University of Bonn
(Isabelle Loewe & Matthias Lux)[6]
Will Jones
England University of Oxford[6]
Germany Berlin[6]
2005 England Durham University
(Bob Nimmo & Erin O'Brien)[7]
England Inner Temple
England University of Oxford
Republic of Ireland University College Dublin[7]
Netherlands Erasmus University
(Lars Duursma & Sharon Kroes)[7]
Niall Kennedy
Scotland University of Glasgow[7]
Republic of Ireland University College Cork[7]
2004 Netherlands Utrecht University
(Jan Rosing & Klaas van Schelven)[8]
England University of Oxford
Republic of Ireland University College Cork
England University of London[8]
Israel Interdisciplinary Center
(Yaron Chayat & Jacob Shwergold)[8]
Derek Lande
Republic of Ireland University College Cork[8]
England Durham University[8]
2003 England University of Bristol
(Aneurin Brewer & Can Okar)[9]
England Durham University
England University of Oxford (B)
England University of Oxford (D)[9]
Netherlands Erasmus University
(Lars Duursma & Marc Roels)[9]
David Penny
England University of Oxford[9]
Croatia Zagreb University[9]
2002 England University of Oxford (C)
(Fraser Campbell & Tara Mounce)[10]
Israel Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Israel Interdisciplinary Center
England University of Oxford (A) [10]
Israel Hebrew University of Jerusalem
(Neomi Kreiger & Eli Noverstern)[11]
Matt Spence
England University of Oxford[10]
Israel Haifa University[10]
2001 England Inner Temple
(Elliott Gold & Matthew Snarr)[12]
Scotland University of Aberdeen
Netherlands Erasmus University
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugo Deb Net[12]
Netherlands Erasmus University
(Alexander Eedemans & Edvard van Geuns)[12]
Mila Turajlic
Yugoslavia Yugo Deb Net[citation needed]
Slovenia University of Ljubljana*[12]
2000 England University of Oxford (A)
(Aaron Maniam & Melanie Marshall)[13]
England University of Oxford (D)
Republic of Ireland Trinity College Dublin (A)
Republic of Ireland Trinity College Dublin (B)[13]
Estonia University of Tartu
(Kristi Hakkaja & Enn Metsar)[13]
Fergal Davis
Republic of Ireland Trinity College Dublin[13]
Scotland University of Aberdeen[13]
1999 England University of Oxford (A)
(Michael Birshan & Muireann O'Cinneide)[14]
England University of Oxford (B)
England Royal Holloway
Netherlands Utrecht University [14]
Greece Deree College
(Irini Kamba & Manolis Polychronidis)[citation needed]
Michael Birshan
England University of Oxford[15]
Netherlands Rotterdam[14]

* The tournament was actually held in Portorož, on the Adriatic coast of Slovenia.

Future championships

2010 - to be hosted by Netherlands Free University of Amsterdam

Notable Participants

See also


  1. ^ Tel Aviv U beats Oxford at European Debating Championships, ISRAEL21c, 23 August 2009
  2. ^ a b c Results EUDC 2008 website
  3. ^ a b c d Cambridge B Win Euros, World Debating Website
  4. ^ UCC Climb to 4th in World Universities Debating Rankings UCC Press Release
  5. ^ EUDC 2007 Final World Debating Website
  6. ^ a b c d e Berlin Europeans Results & Tab, World Debating Website
  7. ^ a b c d e Cork 2005 Europeans, World Debating Website
  8. ^ a b c d e Durham 2004 Europeans, World Debating Website
  9. ^ a b c d e EDC Zagreb 2003 Results, World Debating Website
  10. ^ a b c d Haifa 2002 Europeans Results, World Debating Website
  11. ^ Haifa 2002 Europeans Team Tab, World Debating Website
  12. ^ a b c d Slovenia EDC 2001 Results, World Debating Website
  13. ^ a b c d e Aberdeen Europeans 2000 results, World Debating Website
  14. ^ a b c d EDC Rotterdam 1999 Knock out Rounds, World Debate Website
  15. ^ Rotterdam 1999 Speaker Tab

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