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Otago Law Students Impressive at World Universities Debating Societies Championships

Friday, 11 January 2013

The Otago University Debating Society made the top four of this year's World Universities Debating Championship in Berlin recently. Law students, Alec Dawson studying for his BA/LLB and Paul Hunt, studying for a BA Hons/LLB were in the competition. Alec, along with Otago A teammate, Kieran Bunn who is studying towards an MB ChB, made it to the grand final competing against the Monash team. Paul who is president of the Otago University Debating Society, in the Otago C team, said having a team make it to the grand final of the esteemed tournament was by far and away its best result at a world championships ''When we came to tournaments in the past, we were thought of as one of the minor institutions, but now we are really a serious outfit,'' he said. No Otago team has never made the finals series before at Worlds. Breaking all three of our teams meant they broke more teams than Oxford and Sydney.Making the grand final topped off what was already a successful world championship for the society, with all three of its teams making the final 48. In the final, Otago A argued that religious organisations should not be able to remove people because of their views. In the quarterfinal, where they knocked out two of the teams favoured to win the tournament, they argued that all forms of advertising should be banned.

The debating society was most grateful for the sponsorship from law firm, Gallaway Cook Allan, which helped ensure they could bring three teams. They would also like to thank the Vice Chancellor, Nicola Peart as Patron, and Mark Henaghan for their financial support.

If you would like to join OUDS please email Paul at: oudspresident@gmail.com