How the Council works
The functions of the Council shall be as follows:
To appoint a host for each round of the Championship;
To decide on appropriate sanctions against a host organisation in the event that it fails significantly to comply with the terms of the bid;
To perform the other functions conferred upon it by this constitution.
Thus the role of the World Universities Debating Championships Council is concerned with the running of the Championships. Appointing hosts, setting the rules/format/criteria, deciding eligibility, etc. We are NOT involved in running debating internationally. Each country can have it’s own completely independent governing body, rules criteria etc. It is only when teams attend the World Championships that the council acts as a function of the democratic process. Each nation has a delegate and votes on the council. Thus we help to establish the common neutral ground on which all the various diferent formats of University debate come together to determine who the best team in the world is that year.
Structure of the Council:
The Chair is the Chair of the outgoing Committee and only votes to cast a deciding vote in the event of a tie.
Delegates are either the President (or equivalent) of the National Debating Association or a nominee. In all other cases the delegate is chosen by common majority of the participants from that country at Worlds.
The Registrar & Secretary are members of the outgoing committee (or a nominee) and non-voting.
The Chairs of the Executive Organising committee of the current and next host (or nominees).
In order to better reflect the population of world wide debating a system of weighted votes is employed. This system is based on the number of Institutions at Worlds over previous years and is designed to ensure that the number of votes is based on participation rather than tradition. Click here for the list of Nations and their voting status
On every substantive motion placed before the Worlds Debating Council, delegates representing Status A nations will be entitled to cast four (4) votes, delegates representing Status B nations will be entitled to cast three (3) votes, delegates representing Status C nations will be entitled to cast two (2) votes, delegates representing Statues D nations will be entitled to cast one (1) vote.
Status A nations are nations represented by teams eligible to participate in the final series of the Championships form four or more recognised institutions for two consecutive years.
Status B nations are nations represented by teams eligible to participate in the final series of the Championships from three recognised institutions for two consecutive years.
Status C nations are nations represented by teams eligible to participate in the final series of the Championships from two recognised institutions for two consecutive years.
Status D nations are nations represented by teams eligible to participate in the final series of the Championships from one recognised institution for two consecutive years.
Nations are allowed a lapse of one year in the level of their participation, before their status is downgraded. Any change of status can apply for only one (1) level per year.
The council select a committee to work over the year to cover issues which may be too complex to properly conclude in 2-3 meetings during the Championships. The committee is made up of
A Secretary (who will co-ordinate correspondence)
A Registrar (who will maintain all other records)
Nations from the following jurisdictions represented at Council shall elect a delegate from the participants of the Championship:
Islands of the North Atlantic
Continental Europe and the Middle East
Australia – New Zealand and Oceania
The Chairperson or a delegate of the following host will be a member of the committee.
The Committee shall have the power to co-op up to two others (who may be non-participants of the Championship) to be members of the Committee.
Special sub committees have been set up in the past to deal with specific issues (e.g. ESL, Rules etc)