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Published by Kaxa Magradze
ბრიტანული საპარლამენტო დებატების წესები
ბრიტანული საპარლამენტო დებატების წესები

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The Debating Handbook
 by Alexander Deane
 A guide to British Parliamentary Debating and the World Universities Debating Championships Every time you have to speak, you are auditioning for leadership
James Humes
 
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Introduction................................................................................................2Before the debate.......................................................................................3In the debate...............................................................................................6Speaker roles..............................................................................................9After the debate........................................................................................23Something you don’t want to hear...........................................................25Seeking further information?...................................................................27
 
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NTRODUCTION
 
British Parliamentary debating features eight speakers to a debate: there are two teamsof two speakers on each side. It is a team sport: debates are won and lost by teams,not by individuals. It is a subtle art. It involves competing with a team on your side,without appearing to disagree with them. Positions are allocated on a random basis:teams do not choose the side of the debate they are on. Often this will lead tospeaking in favour of things you don’t believe in, and against those that you do.The World Universities Debating Championships (“WUDC”) is the largest and mostprestigious debating competition in the world. It is held in the British Parliamentaryformat and occurs during the post-Christmas holidays. Over the first three days of debating, nine debates are held, three on each day. All the teams compete in all of these nine debates. At the end of the third day, New Year’s Eve, the 32 bestperforming teams “break” away from the rest. These 32 teams go on to debate againstone another in the New Year, in a series of knock-out debates: two teams from eachof the eight debates (octo-finals) progress to quarter finals; two teams from eachprogress to semi-finals, and two teams from each of the semi-finals progress tocompete in the Grand Final. The team that wins that debate wins the WorldChampionships.There is also a separate post-break competition for the 16 best-performing teams thatspeak English as a Second Language. Teams that break in the main break are noteligible to compete in the ESL break.

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