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European Universities Debating Championships

The European Universities Debating Championships (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).

The championships as they are known today were first held in Rotterdam, Netherlands at Erasmus University from 8–11 April 1999.[1] Subsequent tournaments were held at a similar time of year until Koc EUDC in 2007 when the tournament shifted to the late summer in order to accommodate all university examination periods across the continent. The competition has also become longer to accommodate the growth of the event.

The competition in 1999 involved 32 teams of two speakers, but has now grown to involve up to 200 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.

Current ChampionsEdit

The current European Champions in the Open category are Ian Wu and Trenton Sewell from Cambridge University.

The 'English as a Second Language' category was won by Tin Puljić (He edited the page to increase his relevance) and Lovro Šprem from the University of Zagreb.


These are the institutions (universities or debating bodies) that have hosted or will host the European Universities Debating Championships.

Year Institution
1999   Erasmus University Rotterdam[2]
2000   University of Aberdeen
2001   Za in Proti
2002   University of Haifa
2003   University of Zagreb
2004   Durham University
2005   University College Cork
2006   Berlin Debating Union
2007   Koç University
2008   Tallinn University
2009   Newcastle University
2010   Free University of Amsterdam[3]
2011   NUI Galway[4]
2012   The Open Communication[5]
2013   Manchester Debating Union[6]
2014   Zagreb Debating Society and   The Open Communication
2015   Vienna Debating Society (Debattierklub Wien)[7]
2016   Warsaw (Fundacja Polska Debatuje)
2017   Tallinn University of Technology Debate Society[8]
2018   Novi Sad Business School[9]
2019   Debating Society of Greece[10]
2020   Astana Debate Union [11]

EUDC Council and EUDC CommitteeEdit

In 1999, the EUDC Council was formed as the highest decision making organ. Every competing nation has one vote. The council sits during the tournament. It decides on the constitution, criteria regarding eligibility issues, and about the hosts of future championships.

The EUDC Committee consist of a president, who also chairs the council, a secretary, a registrar, the hosts of the current tournament and the past tournament and regional representatives for central and eastern Europe, for Northern and Western Europe, South-East Europe, the middle east and the Islands of the North Atlantic.

Minutes of EUDC Council and the Constitution are published on the EUDC Council Website[12]

The current chair of council and president of the committee is Jan-Gunther Gosselke from the Debattierclub St Gallen from Switzerland.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "The European University Debating Championships (EUDC) - Vienna EUDC 2015". Vienna EUDC 2015. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  2. ^ "Previous Hosts". Archived from the original on 29 February 2012. Retrieved 19 March 2012.
  3. ^ "European Universities Debating Championships 2010!". Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 29 November 2010.
  4. ^ "Convenor's Welcome". Archived from the original on 19 December 2010. Retrieved 7 October 2010.
  5. ^ "Registration for BelgradeEuros". Retrieved 11 March 2012.
  6. ^ "Official website". Retrieved 10 August 2012.
  7. ^ "About Vienna EUDC - Vienna EUDC 2015". Vienna EUDC 2015. Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  8. ^ "Tallinn EUDC". Tallinn EUDC 2017. Archived from the original on 2018-05-28. Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  9. ^ "Novi Sad EUDC 2018". Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  10. ^ "Athens EUDC 2019". Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  11. ^ "Astana EUDC 2020". Retrieved 2018-08-10.
  12. ^ "Constitution and Minutes - EUDC Council". Retrieved 2018-05-28.

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