Past Debate Academy’s

Debate Academy took place first in 2012, and each years gathers the best international and regional coaches / judges for the event.  Established by SSE Riga Debate Society, the Riga Academy is now hosted together by SSE Riga Debate Society and Latvian Debate Association “Quo tu domā?”.

2016

Winners: Erik Haamer & Kerli Kalk (Tartu)
Best Speaker:Radoslaw Czekan (Jagiellonian)
Coaches: Michael Shapira, Scott Ralston, Johan Båge, Jonathan Howard, Adam Hawksbee, Ruta Gabalina, Thomas Simpson
R1: THW remove all sin taxes
R2: THW ban the use of armed unmanned aerial vehicles (armed drones) during warfare
R3:THW give parents full access to their children’s social media accounts
R4:THS vigilantism in areas of severe socio-economic deprivation
Grand final: THW create a standing army for the European Union

2015

Winners: Kaisa Hyry & Milla Huuskonen (Helsinki)
Best Speaker: Aline Fleetwood (Stockholm)
Coaches: Andrew Ford,  Michael Shapira, Amanda Moorghen, Maja Cimerman, Scott Ralston, Johan Båge, Jonathan Howard

R1:THW require men to take paternity leave
R2: THW ban strikes in times of economic instability
R3:THBT states should ban their citizens from travelling as tourists to countries with poor HR record
R4:THW ban convicted criminals from holding elected office
GF: THW introduce mandatory military service

2014

Winners: Simona Tamulyte and Marius Lukminas (MRU)
Best Speaker:Kätliin Lember (TEC)
Coaches: Michael Shapira, Amanda Moorghen, Kaspar Kelder, Maja Cimerman, Ben Gladnikoff

R1:This house would fund cosmetic plastic surgery
R2:This House Believes that juries should only include individuals that are from the same socio-economic class as the defendant
R3:This house believes that international sporting events, such as the Olympics or Football World Cup, should not be held in countries with poor human rights records
R4:This house applauds the rise of pop songs by female artists that glorify assertive female sexuality

2013

Winners: Rebecca Lew and Charlie Panhuyzen (Utrecht University)
Best Speaker: Edgaras Marcinkus (SSE Riga)
Coaches: Michael Shapira, Manos Moschopoulos, Leela Koenig, Mārtiņš Vaivars

R1:THW remove the right to vote upon retirement
R2:THBT the targeting of religious sites is a legitimate tool of war
R3:THW make fines relative to wealth
R4:TH, as a Russian-speaking Latvian, would not vote for a Russian party in Latvian elections
GF:THW require couples that intend to enter into official partnerships to be informed of their partners full genetic profile and other health issues

2012

Winners:Viktoryia Pilinko & Ivan Velentey (SSE Riga)
Best Speaker: Alexander Philipp Ebner (Erasmus University)
Coaches: Harish Natarajan, Jeroen Heun, Mihhail Jevdokimov, Līva Andersone

R1:THW ban single sex schools
R2:THW not participate in international sporting events held in countries that abuse human rights
R3:THBT crimes committed by police officers should be punished more severely
R4:THBT women should pay a lower rate of income tax than men
R5:THW ban treatments that claim to cure homosexuality
GF:THBT NATO members should not sell weapons to non NATO members

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