Published: 9 January 2014

Liverpool Debating at World Championships

Liverpool Debating

President of Liverpool Debating, Hannah Clare, reports on the society’s success in the World Debating Championships:

“Liverpool Debating Union return triumphant, having placed 210th at the World University Debating Championships (WUDC).

“The competition took place between the 28 December and the 3 January in Chennai, India. This year marks the first year a team from Liverpool has attended in the thirty-four year history of the competition. Attending on behalf of the society, were University of Liverpool students Nissim Massarano and Natalie Burles (main image), who also represented Liverpool at the European Championships in August.

“After a series of early wins, Liverpool were unfortunately met with some tough competition in later rounds which led to their eventual placing. The motions the team debated were wide in topic and included ‘This house would allow First Time Offenders to, with the Consent of their Victims, Pay Compensation to them in Place of a Prison Sentence’, which played to the strengths of law student Nissim and secured them a win in that round.

Liverpool Debating World Championships“While the team did not place as highly as we may have hoped, they have a lot to be proud of. Their attendance at the competition is great for the society on the university debating circuit and continues the good work that we have been doing in increasing our presence.

“Furthermore, the team have already succeeded this academic year, having broken to the Semi-Finals of the UK Debate Challenge in November which was the society’s first ever open break (following a series of novice breaks in the past).

(Photograph: Competing in the UKDC semi finals, courtesy of UK Debate Challenge)

“The competition was eventually won by Harvard University from the United States, however two British teams competed in the final with representatives from the University of Cambridge and the University of Glasgow.

“Nissim Massarano, Vice President of Liverpool Debating Union and a member of the team said that he was “very honored to have been part of Liverpool Debating Union’s first team to have ever gone to the World University Debating Championships” adding that he hopes that the achievements of the society continue to grow.

“His fellow teammate Natalie added: “Coming against international speakers taught us so much which we hope to bring back to the society.”

“Following on from this, Liverpool Debating Union will be continuing to attend competitions both nationally and internationally throughout the upcoming months, and will be for the first time hosting their own competition at the University on 22 March 2014.

Liverpool Debating logo“If you’re interested in joining Liverpool Debating Union or finding out more about debating please go along to training sessions, held on Tuesdays at 5pm in the Rendall Building (resuming on 28th January). Nissim, who now has even more knowledge to be able to pass on to novice debaters following his participation at WUDC, leads these sessions and is contactable at for more information on their content.”

 By Hannah Clare

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