Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Register now for the Worlds Masters' Cup 2013

We proudly announce the opening of the registration for the Worlds Masters' Cup 2013 in Berlin. As always, all Worlds adjudicators are eligible to speak and everyone else very welcome to judge. The Chief Adjudicators are Bronwyn Cowell (Australia) and Philipp Stiel (Germany).

The competition has two preliminary rounds on December 28th 2012 and a Grand Final on January 2nd 2013.


This year's Worlds Masters' Cup will be held in the Wartburg debating style, named after the castle where Martin Luther wrote his 95 Theses in 1517 and laid the cornerstone of the Protestant Reformation. The format was conceived by the debating societies of Jena and Erfurt. For the Masters' we will use a slightly simplified version, the most important features being:
  • There are three speakers per team, two teams per debate. 
  • All debates are about principles (affirm or negate), and no policies are allowed. 
  • The coin decides which team opens the debate. 

Debaters at the Wartburg

You will get a briefing before the tournament but don't hesitate to have a look at the short version of the rules now.

As for the composition of teams, note that each team must consist of three (!) speakers and represent one country. However, if a speaker is not exactly from the country they represent, we are flexible in this regard. Just bring a flag. Also, there may be several teams representing the same country.


Teams, please fill in the registration form by December 27th, 10 p.m.
If you want to judge, you are encouraged to do so and email Philipp with short details about your judging experience.

The CAs are looking forward to open the Worlds Masters' Cup 2013 on December 28th, right after breakfast at the TU.


  1. Just as a clarification: Is the tournament open to just adjudicators, or are all participants welcome to enter as part of a team?

  2. Only those who judge at the WUDC are eligible to speak, everyone else is welcome to judge.


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