Tilbury House Intervarsity 2016 After glow

Tilbury House IV 2016

We had a great weekend! Tilbury House Intervarsity is an annual international tournament organized by us with 5 rounds of 7-minutes British Parliamentary Style Debates. The best 8 teams will proceed to the semi-finals and eventually to the Grand Final. The tournament took place from November 25th-27th.The Grand Final was at Fritz Thyssen Stiftung building (former Amerikahaus) at November 27th. We thank Fritz Thyssen Stiftung to let us having the Grand Final in their beautiful venue!

We hosted around 90 participants from 14 different countries (Germany, France, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Scotland, Switzerland, Macedonia, Austria, Portugal, Greece, Turkey, Czech Republic and Slovakia) – making it the most diverse Tilbury House IV so far.

We are very proud to have the following Chief Adjudicators to set up the motions this year:

  • Johan Båge (Sweden)

2016 Worlds Open Octofinalist, Top 10 Worlds ESL Speaker, First ESL Breaking team for Open Category at WUDC, 2015 Worlds and Euros ESL Finalist

  • Melda Eren (Turkey/Germany)

Euros ESL Quarterfinalist, Top 10 Euros ESL Speaker, Top 5 team Euros 2016

  • Duncan Crowe (Scotland)

Worlds Open Finalist, Euros Open Finalist!, Upcoming Euros Chief Adjudicator

The motions from the tournament:

R1: THW allow plaintiffs to sell to third parties their right to sue

R2: THR the prominence given to celebrity endorsements of politicians and political parties.

R3: THW apply an environmental tax to cheap mass-produced clothing

R4 TH, as a female visitor to WestWorld, would choose to wear a black hat.

R5: THBT developing nations with ethnically diverse populations should prohibit vernacular schools.

Semi Finals: THBT NATO should create a ‘safe zone’ in rebel-held territory within Syria.

The teams in the final are Münster (Marc-Andre Schulz and Marcel Jühling) in Opening Government, TU Delft (Wissam Chalabi and Ina Vollmer) in Opening Opposition, Munich/Friedrichshafen (Calyxx Peucker and Philipp Müller) in Closing Government and Maastricht (Alex and Lucy Lester) in Closing Opposition. The motion for the Grand final reads “This House regrets the decision of Clinton supporters in the immediate aftermath of the 2016 US election to frame the Trump victory as the result of misogyny and racism and not opposition to the political establishment and/or neoliberalism”.

After a heated debate, it was concluded that Munich/Friedrichshafen won the Tilbury House IV 2016! The best speaker of the tournament was Wissam Chalabi from TU Delft.

Special thanks for Dirk Harlacher, Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, Dr. Baier Stiftung, Kölln, Pentel and Redbull


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Tilbury House in the final of Lisbon Open

Frederic & Tjark and Leonard & Agnes  represented Tilbury House at the Lisbon Open in Portugal, which took place at the first weekend of October.

This is also Tjark’s first tournament – Frederic and Tjark did a decent job and ended up with 7 points and definitely had many great debates!

Leonard & Agnes ranked 3rd on the tab and therefore made the break to the semi-finals.  The semi-finals went well for the them, as they made it to the grand final. The motion of the final was: „This house believes that the EU should pursue policies aimed at limiting refugee flows, such as EU-Turkey deal, with other Mediterranean border states.“ They’re also amongst the top 10 Speaker in the tournament – Agnes ranked 7th and Leonard 2nd on the speaker tab.

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Tilbury House broke at Athens Open

Summer tournament –  Tilbury is heading south to look for the sunny tournament.

Tilbury House sent two teams, Leonard & Agnes Putri and Yevgeniy Melekhov and Laura Midey. The tournament took place on August 6th-8th with beach social on Saturday. CA team was Harish Natarajan and Monica Forman.

After 5 rounds of intense debate, Leonard & Agnes broke 6th on the tab and made it to Semi-finals! The motion for the semis was „This House Would Not Prosecute Those That Incite Violence Agianst Extreme Far-Right Groups“. Tilbury House was on CO, facing against Belgrade (OG), Munich (OO) and Haifa Israel (CG).

All in all, it was a really organized tournament with nice socials and food! We definitely recommend to participate next year!


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Sofia Open 2016

We’re back on tournament mode again! This time, we took the extra mile and sent a team further than usual (;

Leonard M. and Agnes Putri were at Sofia Open in Bulgaria. As Euros is approaching, the competition is becoming tougher. Debaters from UK to Israel participated in this event. All in all, despite the unfavourable weather, the tournament was well-organized, had an really cool social venue and had awesome motions. About the debating itself, they were quite close to the break but missed it after being in the toughest bubble room ever! Leonard was even among the Top 10 Speaker as he’s ranked 8th and Agnes was 12th in the speaker tab.

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Tilbury House at Maastricht Open 2016

Good news! Maastricht Open was happening from April 22nd-24th. Tilbury House sent a huge delegation to the tournament -just like we did last year (:-. In total we sent 3 teams (Whitney Nokashare & Ruben Dillmann, Artem Korchemsky & Helena Hecke, Zoe Sandle & Linda Nolden) and 3 adjudicators (Bodo Bützler, Seraphim Kirjuchin, Agnes Putri).

All in all, we did an amazing job! First of all, Whitney and Ruben broke 8th with 9 points to the Semi-finals.  Note that this is Whitney’s first tournament and she was even the 3rd best Novice speaker. Ruben was doing awesome too as he’s ranked 12th in the speaker tab. The motion for the Semis is „THBT the UN should hire private military corporations to carry out its peacekeeping operations.“ Although Artem and Helena really did a good job too as they slightly missed the break and are ranked 10th in the team tab. Linda and our novice debater, Zoe, weren’t doing so bad either as they’re ranked 12th in the tab.
Agnes also broke as a judge and adjudicated the (other) Semi and the Grand final. The motion for the Grand Final is „THW require all 18-year-olds in western liberal democracies to go on a Rumspringa.“

Congratulations to all of them! It was indeed an awesome weekend for us!


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Tilbury House at ESL Manchester IV Final


Agnes Putri and Leonard M. broke to the ESL Final at Manchester IV 2016! 

After five rounds competing mostly with native speaker teams, they made it to the ESL Grand final! The motion of the final was „THW create and fund schools that exclusively admit children from ethnic minorities.“They were CO in the final along with Lund (OG), Helsinki (OO) and BUDA (CG). In a close decision between opp bench, the win finally was given to OO. It was still a great success and an awesome experience!

As a reference, two years ago Tilbury House (Lukas Thiel and Moritz Justen) won the ESL final at the Manchester IV.


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Tilbury House Annual Winter Final 2016

On Friday, January 22nd, we had our traditional Annual Winter Final! We’re very happy to announce that it was a great success as the Neuer Senatssaal was filling up pretty quickly.

We also had our wonderful honorary judging pool which consisted of Mr. Derek Kelly (US Vice-Consul General in Düsseldorf) and Ms. Ursula Roth (Director of German-British Association). They were also accompanied by our successful Tilbury alumni: Felix Lamouroux (EUDC Koc Quarter Finalist, Oxford IV ESL Winner) and Kai Menzel (WUDC Thailand Vice Champion!).

If you missed it, the motion for our grand final read: „THBT neither journalists nor police should publish the ethnicity, nationality, religious affiliation or residence status of an alleged criminal.“
Tilbury debaters who made it to our final are: Ibo and Freddy (Opening Government), Julian and Whitney (Oppening Opposition), Ruben and Linda (Closing Government), Bozhidar and Agnes (Closing Opposition).
It was a heated round of debate where we had closing-half debate. Eventually, the debate was won by Closing Government team with Ruben as the Best Speaker. Whitney was also awarded as the Best Newcomer. Congratulations to every single one of them!
The audience was also entertained by a hilarious round of fun debate by Sofia & Artem and Lukas & Moritz. The motion read „THBT this debate is a huge waste of time„. Not only that, the gavel speech was also held by Dirk followed by an inspiring pre-tapped video by Mr. Paul Drew-Bear (Tilbury Founder!).
All in all. It was a great success and we’re very excited to organize our next final next year!
You can find the pictures from the event on our facebook page.
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