Tilbury House during the summer break

Undeterred by extreme weather, exams and any other temptations, we still meet every Tuesday evening at 19:30 pm to debate! However, please note that the room has changed; after many semesters we are back in the Main Building, in Hörsaal XVIIb.

If you want to join Tilbury House, just come to any of our weekly sessions. We‘re always looking for newcomers. You only need some basic English skills and an interest in proving your point!

For those who are already part of the Society, please check whether you are in the WhatsApp-Group and receive the weekly newsletter. If you‘re not and you want any of these, contact us via E-Mail, Facebook or in person.

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Invitation: Tilbury House 20th Anniversary

Dear Tilbury House Members + Alumni,

You are coordially invited to the Tilbury House 20th Anniversary event!

Starting with some informal debating events in the evening, follows by socials at Hellers Brewery in Roonstr.

Click on this following link for further information:




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Join Tilbury House!

Dear Newcomers,

Are you interested in the art of argumentation?

Unlike common perception of debating society, debating is not only about politics! Yes, we do often debate about current affairs or international relations topics and that is awesome. But we also debate about many other interesting stuffs, for instance feminism, minorities rights, social issues, philosophy, economics, arts, media and even about pop culture!

We only debate in English with the British Parliamentary style. What great about debating is also that you cannot choose which sides (pro or contra) you want to argue for. It will train you to analyse a (controversial) topic from both sides even if you have a strong opinion about certain issue. The topics will be released 15 mins prior the debate for the teams to prepare.

Also note that you don’t need an exceptional English knowledge to join our society. None of us is native speaker and we’re all here to improve our English. (:

Interested? No need to sign up or anything. Just come by to one of our sessions at S13 (Seminargebäude) of University of Cologne at 7.30 pm.

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Tilbury House at Cracow Open

Tilbury House sent 1 team (Agnes Putri and Artem Korchemsky) and a judge (Frederic Tillmanns) to the second edition of Cracow Open on the March 10th-12th.

Artem and Agnes were quite unfortunate and missed the break by speaker points. Furthermore, they also ended up placing 9th on the tab…

On the much better news: Frederic had his first judge break and was the panelist of the semi-finals! The motion of the semi-finals read „TH regrets the free movement of labour in the EU.“ Congratulations!


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Tilbury House at Budapest Open 2017

Michael Breiman & Adi Bhattacharjee and Artem Korchemsky & Frederic Tillmanns debated while Agnes Putri judged at the Budapest Open, Hungary! Budapest Open is bigger this year than ever as 100 teams from 33 countries participated in this tournament.

Tilbury House did a quite decent job. Adi & Michael finished up with 9 points, which made them only one point away from the break to Quarter-Finals. Artem & Freddy ended up with 6 points, which still leaves many teams behind them.

After chairing a couple of rounds, Agnes broke and got to judge the Open Semi-finals! The motion for the semi-finals read: THW allow individuals to sue religious organizations for compensation for the harmful effect of choices made as a result of adherence to religious doctrine. In the end, the team from Tel Aviv/Radboud won the tournament.


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ROOM CHANGE March 7th & 14th

For our sessions on the March 7th and 14th, we will be having them at S58, Philosophikum from 7.30pm. We will be back at S13 from the March 21st onwards!

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Tilbury House in the ESL Final of LSE Open

Tilbury House had a successful weekend! Leonard and Agnes Putri debated at LSE Open in London alongside with other 80 teams. After five heated rounds, they broke with 8 points to the ESL Semi-finals.The motion for the Semi-finals is „THBT the continued development of artificial intelligence will do more harm than good„.

After semis, they made it through to the ESL Grand Final! They were in the final as CO alongside with Leiden (OG), Helsinki (OO) and Tartu (CG) debating against the motion “THW give the power to make decisions over criminal justice from legislators to an independent body of experts.” In the end, unfortunately they’re defeated by Leiden team from Opening Government.

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