European Universities Debating Championships

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European Universities Debating Championship
FormatBritish Parliamentary Style
Current championUniversity Philosophical Society

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 Champions[edit]

The 2022 European Champions in the Open category are Jack Palmer and Dylan McCarthy from the University Philosophical Society at Trinity College Dublin. [2]

The 2022 European Champions in the English as a Second Language category are Hadar Goldberg and Tamar Ben Meir from Tel Aviv University.[2]


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

Year Institution
2024 Scotland Glasgow University Union
2023 Bulgaria Bulgarian Debate Association
2022 Croatia Zagreb Student Debate Forum
2021 Spain Madrid (Hosted partially virtually due to COVID-19 pandemic in Europe)[3]
2020 Kazakhstan Astana Debate Union (Hosted virtually due to COVID-19 pandemic in Europe)[4][5]
2019 Greece Debating Society of Greece[6]
2018 Serbia Novi Sad Business School[7]
2017 Estonia Tallinn University of Technology Debate Society[8]
2016 Poland Warsaw (Fundacja Polska Debatuje)
2015 Austria Vienna Debating Society (Debattierklub Wien)[9]
2014 Croatia Zagreb Debating Society and Serbia The Open Communication
2013 England Manchester Debating Union[10]
2012 Serbia The Open Communication[11]
2011 Republic of Ireland NUI Galway[12]
2010 Netherlands Free University of Amsterdam[13]
2009 England Newcastle University
2008 Estonia Tallinn University
2007 Turkey Koç University
2006 Germany Berlin Debating Union
2005 Republic of Ireland University College Cork
2004 England Durham University
2003 Croatia University of Zagreb
2002 Israel University of Haifa
2001 Slovenia Za in Proti
2000 Scotland University of Aberdeen
1999 Netherlands Erasmus University Rotterdam[14]

EUDC Council and EUDC Committee[edit]

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.[15]

The current chair of council and president of the committee is Miruna Chirila from University College London Debating in the United Kingdom.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The European University Debating Championships (EUDC) - Vienna EUDC 2015". Vienna EUDC 2015. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  2. ^ a b "EUDC 2022 | Private URL". Retrieved 2022-08-06.
  3. ^ "MADRID EUDC 2021". Retrieved 2021-07-30.
  4. ^ "Astana EUDC 2020". Retrieved 2018-08-10.
  5. ^ "Astana EUDC 2020 on Facebook". Facebook. Archived from the original on 2022-04-27.[user-generated source]
  6. ^ "Athens EUDC 2019". Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  7. ^ "Novi Sad EUDC 2018". Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  8. ^ "Tallinn EUDC". Tallinn EUDC 2017. Archived from the original on 2018-05-28. Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  9. ^ "About Vienna EUDC - Vienna EUDC 2015". Vienna EUDC 2015. Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  10. ^ "Official website". Retrieved 10 August 2012.
  11. ^ "Registration for BelgradeEuros". Retrieved 11 March 2012.
  12. ^ "Convenor's Welcome". Archived from the original on 19 December 2010. Retrieved 7 October 2010.
  13. ^ "European Universities Debating Championships 2010!". Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 29 November 2010.
  14. ^ "Previous Hosts". Archived from the original on 29 February 2012. Retrieved 19 March 2012.
  15. ^ "Constitution and Minutes - EUDC Council". Retrieved 2018-05-28.

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