Tilbury House at Dutch WUDC

Tilbury squad is back from Dutch WUDC (Worlds Universities Debating Championship). 400 Teams from all over the world went to Den Haag to compete in the world’s toughest debating tournament!

This time we sent two teams consisting of Leonard Münstermann and Agnes Putri (Tilbury A) and Artem Korchemsky and Zoe Sandle (Tilbury B) as well as Seraphim Kirjuhin and Helena Hecke as adjudicators. After the last bubble room (again), Tilbury A ended up with 12 points which makes them 1 point away from the break and Tilbury B with 11 points with many native teams behind them. In the end, Sydney is crowned as this year’s champion in open category, Tel Aviv B for ESL and Belgrade C for EFL category. Seraphim and Helena had also an incredible experience by witnessing many of world class debates!

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Tilbury House in the final of Centrale Open, Paris!

Agnes Putri & Leonard Münstermann and Tjark Wüster (mixed team with Carlota Gonzalez/Spain) were at Centrale Open, which took place from December 9th-11th in Paris.

Good news! After five heated rounds, both teams broke with 10 points to the semi-finals. The motion of the semi-finals was „THW use the Inquisitorial system in the Criminal Justice System (as opposed to the Adversarial one)“.

The good news doesn’t stop there… Agnes and Leonard actually made it to the Grand Final! They were in OG alongside with KCL/Oxford in OO, Tel Aviv/Cambridge in CG and Cardiff in CO debating for the motion „THBT the Democratic Party should take on a much more centre-leftist position and support a mass redistribution of wealth agenda„. In the end, the debate was won by the team from the Opening Opposition. Leonard was also amongst the Top 10 Best Speaker. Congratulations!


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Tilbury House at Lund IV

Tilbury House sent two teams (Artem Korchemsky & Frederic Tillmanns and Catherine Guo and Miranda Chen) and one judge (Agnes Putri) to the Lund Intervarsity in Sweden and they all did a decent job in the tournament!

Artem and Frederic finished up the rounds with 8 points, which made them only 1 point away from the break! Agnes broke as a judge and was the panelist of both Quarter Finals and the Novice Final. The motion for the Quarter final is „THW allow medical practitioners not to perform specific treatments or procedures for religious reasons“ and for the novice final is „This house believes that the states should enforce contracts signed before marriage that agree to punish infidelity.“

Overall, we indeed had lots of fun and too much meatballs 🙂

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Tilbury House won Maastricht Novice

Tilbury House (mixed team with Lund) won the Maastricht Novice 2016. Diogo (Lund) and Helena Hecke under the team name „The Dynamic Duo“ broke 2nd with 9 points to the Final! They were in Closing Government debating on the motion “THW press the button” (Infoslide: There is a button. If pressed, nuclear weapons no longer function. This would be immediately detected by owners of said weapons. If you do not press the button immediately, it will disappear.)

They competed against Debate Duo (Maastricht) in Opening Government, RDaweSome Maastricht) in Opening Opposition and Team Gualg in Closing Opposition in the final.

In addition to win the tournament, Helena was also proclaimed best speaker of the competition. Congratulations!

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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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